In that election, Buhari secured 12,214,853 votes against the President Jonathan’s 22,495,187.
In 2014 the All Progressives Congress (APC) party nominated Buhari to stand as its candidate in the 2015 presidential election.
Major General Buhari came to national limelight in 1983 when he became the Head of State after a successful military coup d’etat that overthrew civilian President Shehu Shagari on 31 December 1983.
His swearing-in made history as Nigeria’s first peaceful and democratic transfer of power from a ruling party to an opposition.
Having assumed office he once occupied as a military officer and for which he contested four times, his administration is expected to urgently tackle several challenges that have bedeviled Nigeria over the last three decades.
Against this background, many observers believe that a focused political leader is desperately needed to rescue Nigeria "from the depth of chronic indiscipline, disorder and decadence".
This accounted for the goodwill that greeted the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as the sixth democratically elected President of Nigeria in May 2015.
He highlighted some of these challenges in his inaugural speech on .
Insecurity is the greatest challenge facing the new administration of President Buhari.
On , General Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President of Nigeria.
The Buhari-led administration is expected to urgently tackle several challenges that have hindered economic prosperity, sustainable security and overall national development in Nigeria.
In March 2010, Buhari left the ANPP and joined the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).