- President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, marked his 79th birthday with the cutting of a birthday cake shaped in national colours
- The president’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this development through a statement in Abuja
- President Buhari said he would put in his best for Nigeria until the last day when, in 2023, he hands over to a successor
Buhari made this known while marking his 79th birthday in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday, December 17, where he is scheduled to participate in the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit hosted by his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Recep Erdogan, The Punch reports.
The president also assured that he will do his best to promote the interest of the nation and its people before the time comes.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.
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Shehu quoted the President as saying:
“I thought that being away from Abuja I will escape these things. The Guards Brigade had written to tell me what they wanted to do on this day. Now here you are doing this far away from home.
“I look forward to the year 2023 when I finish, to go home to take charge of my farm. Between now and that time, I will do the best that is possible to advance the interest of the nation and its people, and carry out my duties as prescribed by the Constitution.”
President Muhammadu Buhari vows to flush out bandits
In another report, that President Muhammadu Buhari had said that the federal government is committed to flushing out bandits and criminals across the country.
The president also said that his administration is ready to bring justice to all by apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators while protecting citizens from the onslaught of all forms of criminal activities in the country.
Buhari gave the assurance on Friday, December 10, when the federal government delegation paid a condolence visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal over the killings of 23 travellers by suspected bandits.