Muhammadu Buhari’s First Wife, Safinatu Buhari Biography: Age, Net Worth, Death, Children, Daughter, Cause Of Death

Muhammadu Buhari’s First Wife, Safinatu Buhari Biography: Age, Net Worth, Death, Children, Daughter, Cause Of Death

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Late Safinatu Buhari nee Yusuf (born 11 December 1952 – 14 January 2006) was a renowned Nigerian teacher.

She became famous for being the First Lady of Nigeria from 1983 to 1985.

She was the first wife of President Muhammadu Buhari but divorced in 1988 before she lost her life to a brief illness.

Safinatu Buhari
Safinatu Buhari: History, Bio, Photo
Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Safinatu Buhari
Born: 11 December 1952 (age 53 years old)
Died: 14 January 2006
Place of Birth: Jos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Plateau State
Nationality: Nigerian
Parents: Yusufu Mani, Hajia Hadizatu Mani
Children: Zulaihat Buhari, Fatima Buhari, Hadiza Buhari, Safinatu Lami Buhari, Musa Buhari
Height: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Husband • Spouse: Muhammadu Buhari ​ ​(m. 1971; div. 1988)
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Occupation: Teacher • First Lady of Nigeria (1983–1985)
Net Worth: Not Estimated

Early Life

Safinatu Buhari was born in Jos, Plateau State, on December 11, 1952, to Alhaji Yusufu Mani and Hajia Hadizatu Mani.

She came from Mani Local Government in Katsina State and belonged to the Fulani ethnicity of Northern Nigeria.

When Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, the then-commissioner for Lagos affairs, appointed her father as his private secretary, her family relocated to Lagos State.


Safinatu Buhari attended her Primary school in Tudun Wada, Jos.

In 1971, she studied in Katsina’s Women Teacher’s Training College and graduated with a Grade 2 Teachers Certificate.

She was educated in Islamic studies and could write in both English and Arabic.


When Safinatu Buhari was alive, she was a teacher.

Personal Life

Safinatu Buhari met Muhammadu Buhari when she was 14 years old, and they married when she was 18 years old in 1971.

Zulaihat Buhari (dead), Fatima Buhari, Hadiza Buhari, Safinatu Lami Buhari, and Musa Buhari (deceased) were their five children.

Safinatu Buhari moved to Kaduna with her children after Muhammadu Buhari‘s government was ousted by Ibrahim Babangida.

Her look was both classic and understated. In addition, it depicted her ethnic background. In 1988, they divorced.


Safinatu Buhari died on January 14, 2006, at the age of 53, as a result of diabetes-related complications.

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