Buhari, Trump: 10 Similarities Between The Two Presidents



Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari and his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump shares certain characteristics apart from their 'GraGra' entry into the political stage. (GraGra, rooted in Nigeria's context is the assertion of one's right or wrong as the case may be for the sake of self-gratification)

Well before UK's Brexit and the 'White Nationalism' revolution in the United States, Nigeria, under Buhari, a former military dictator, had its own revolution of sort. With the situation it faces now, it is more of a recycled past – not different (if not worse than) what we had before.


For America, they long for the time when they were great, where black people had to sit at the back of the bus, could not vote, did not have access to education and certainly could not be president.

Some of the characteristics these two leaders share include:

1. They believe they are the 'messiahs' for their respective countries

2. They are both over 70 and are following much younger men into the highest office in the land

3. They are firm believers in military might.

4. They came in on an anti-establishment platform although they are very much establishment and are beneficiaries of the establishment.

5. They are religiously right wing in their outlook on many issues.

6. They are rooted and comfortable with their own tribe although their rhetoric is to the contrar

7. They have a fanatical following willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on everything

8. They believe they were elected to the percieved damage caused by their predessesor

9. They have Christian lawyers as Vice Presidents

10. They are intolerant of criticisms.