President Muhammadu Buhari asserts he is eager to give up power and go back to his house in Daura, Katsina state, where he can focus on his fields and take care of his animals.
Buhari delivered a speech on Tuesday at a farewell gathering with Mary Beth Leonard, the departing US ambassador, at the State House in Abuja.
“I intend to have a large rental portfolio back home, working on my farms and taking care of more than 300 animals. I’m eager to leave,” he declared.
The president said in a speech about the elections that the results of the votes cast on February 25 and March 18 demonstrated that Nigerians could choose their own leaders without outside interference.
He claimed that the enthusiasm for democracy displayed by Nigerians, as seen in their voting decisions, quite impressed him. Buhari claimed that Nigeria’s democracy had fully developed.
“The populace is becoming aware of their power. Nobody can instruct them if a free and fair vote is available, he said.
But I find it disappointing that some candidates did not win. The fact that voters were free to choose who won and who lost by casting their own ballots motivates me. Because of the currency change, there was no money to distribute, but even then, I advised voters to take the money and cast their ballots in accordance with their moral convictions. “.
Buhari claimed that by playing a transparent and non-interfering role in the election process, he was satisfied with his own performance.
He praised the departing ambassador for the significant progress Nigeria-US relations had made during her three and a half years there.
The progress in relations between the US and Nigeria, according to the US ambassador, has impressed her. She cited the recent establishment of a five-year visa regime between the two nations, active cooperation in security and the supply of military hardware including warplanes and the soon-to-arrive fighter helicopters, as well as cooperation in the health sector to fight HIV and COVID response.