An affiliate professor within the United States and social critic, Farooq Kperogi, has acknowledged that the character of President Muhammadu Buhari appears controversial together with the truth that he doesn’t bear the actual names of his father.
The scholar wrote extensively on how the President’s surname, Buhari, was not his father’s actual identify however a reputation derived from a selected city.
Kperogi added that Muhammadu Buhari’s father is named Adamu Bafallaje (or Bafalle in Hausa).
He wrote, “Muhammadu Buhari’s very name is wrapped in a curious omission. In most parts of the world, people’s last names are usually either their family name or their father’s first name. Not for Buhari.
”Muhammadu (which his academics spelled as “Mohamed” when he was in secondary faculty) is his first given identify and Buhari is his center identify, not his surname. He was named after a prolific ninth-century Persian Hadith compiler by the identify of Muhammad al-Bukhari who was born in a metropolis known as Bukhara in what’s now Uzbekistan.
”Bukhari isn’t a private given identify; it’s a demonym, that’s, a reputation given to individuals who come from a selected place, equivalent to Nigerian, Briton, American, Lagosian, New Yorker, and so on. Bukhari merely means a local of town of Bukhara in Uzbekistan, a West Asian nation that was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
“In Muslim and Middle Eastern linguistic traditions, the letter “i” is normally added to the tip of the names of villages, cities, cities, and international locations to type demonyms. That’s why somebody from Pakistan is named a Pakistani, somebody from Israel is named an Israeli, somebody from the UAE is named an Emirati, and so forth. If the demonym of Bukhara have been to be given in Hausa, it could be Danbuhara. In Yoruba, it could be Omobuhara. In my native Baatonu, it could be Buharagi. (My final identify, Kperogi, is a demonym, and it means somebody from Kperu, the quick type of my hometown’s identify, Senru Kperu, however which Yoruba folks name Okuta).
“So how did Muhammadu Buhari come to be known by his names? Because of the immense reverence that Muhammad al-Bukhari enjoys among Sunni Muslims, Muslims have historically honoured him by naming their children after him, so instead of just calling them Bukhari (which they may literally not be since they may not be natives of Bukhara in Uzbekistan), they typically combine the man’s first and last names: Muhammad Bukhari.
”Most Nigerian languages, together with Hausa, don’t have the phoneme “kh,” which sounds virtually precisely just like the sound you produce if you end up discharging mucus out of your throat. The closest phonemic approximation of that sound is “h,” which explains why “Bukhari” is rendered as “Buhari” in lots of African languages.
“Our Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t bear his father’s name even though he is so proud of his paternal ancestry that he gratuitously flaunts it. For instance, in his October 18, 1961 “Application to sit for RNA Qualifying Examination,” he known as consideration to his ethnic identification even when it wasn’t warranted. “I have the honour to apply for regular service in the Royal Nigeria Army. My name is Muhammadu Buhari and I am a Fulani. I am eighteen years old and I am in Form Six at the Provincial Secondary School Katsina,” he wrote.
“Buhari’s father who gave him the Fulani bloodline he brandishes (his mother is Kanuri) was called Adamu Bafallaje (or Bafalle in Hausa). In fact, Buhari’s older brother who died in a car crash in the late 1980s and whose Buhari-lookalike son, Fatuhu Muhammad, represents the Daura/Sandamu/MaiAdua federal constituency in the House of Representative was called Mamman Danbafalle. (Danbafalle means son of Bafalle in Hausa, and Mamman is the Hausa domestication of Muhammad. It’s common in Muslim families to have many siblings named Muhammad, but they’re often differentiated with their middle names).”