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Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC)

How Nigeria presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari went from 'ruthless ex-dictator' to 'weak leader'

General Muhammadu Buhari, the former military head of state and presidential candidate of the opposition APC party has a reputation in Nigeria as a no-nonsense hard man earned during his hardline 20-month military government rule from 1984 to 1985.

Former military ruler and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari attends his party's presidential primary in Lagos on December 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Smears and fears: Nigeria presidential campaign gets personal

When Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was in Abuja last week, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter.

Goodluck Jonathan at the election campaign rally in Lagos. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan begins re-election campaign

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, formally began his campaign for re-election on Thursday, taking the fight to a key opposition stronghold with a mass rally.