- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed the desire to conclude his second term in office successfully
- According to the Nigerian leader, this is because age is telling on him, adding that he works for six, seven to eight hours per day
- Buhari went on to note that being a president is a lot of hard work, but that he cannot complain as he asked for it
Buhari made the remark speaking to NTA in an interview aired on Thursday, January 6, in reaction to how he feels after clocking 79 recently.
The Nigerian leader said he looks forward to finishing his tenure in 2023, saying being president is hard work but he can not complain as he asked for it.
Buhari looking forward to retirement
While observing that many of his colleagues are now enjoying their retirement, Buhari noted that he hopes to emulate them in the next 17 months.
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“About my age, I see my colleagues, they are now resting, and I assure you that I look forward to the next 17 months when I too will be less busy,“
“The age is telling on me, working now for six, seven to eight hours per day in the office is no joke — there are questions of executive council, memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week. Really, it’s a lot of hard work, but as I’ve said, I asked for it and I cannot complain."
President Muhammadu Buhari says he has given his best to Nigeria
Legit.ng had earlier reported that during the interview, Buhari said he has done his best for the country and hopes Nigerians will understand his effort after he leaves office.
Speaking to NTA in an interview aired on Thursday, January 6, Buhari said he did not expect appreciation from Nigerians.
The president insisted he has done well when assessed based on the conditions he met when he took office.
Buhari insists APC not a safe haven for corrupt politicians
In a related development, Buhari rejected the notion that corrupt politicians defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to escape punishment.
According to Buhari, even if those accused of corruption join his party, they can't go scot-free.
He explained that such defections have not stopped his government’s insistence on accountability at all levels.