Outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari has playfully teased his ministers during a valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Buhari, who will be retiring to his hometown in Daura, Katsina State after his tenure ends on May 29, 2023, expressed his anticipation of welcoming the ministers to his country home. He jokingly hoped they would not find the journey to Daura too far.
During the session, Buhari reflected on his presidency and expressed gratitude for the close working relationship he had with his ministers, which contributed to the success of his administration.
He commended their efforts and thanked the members of staff at the State House for their support over the past eight years.
Looking forward to his post-presidential life, Buhari mentioned his eagerness to engage in activities he had missed during his time in office, including tending to his cattle, which is one of his favorite pastimes.
He said, “I also thank God for the strength and for keeping us together.”
“I look forward to many of you, disproving that Daura has not become too distant because I am no longer Mr President.
“I will also be happy to do the many things that I have not been able to since May 29th, 2015, one of such is my favourite pastime of taking care of my cattle.
“I wish all of us the best and hope to hear good news whenever any of our names are mentioned. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While highlighting the achievements of his administration, Buhari also encouraged support for the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whose inauguration is scheduled for the following week. He affirmed that his government had made significant efforts and thanked God for the strength and unity that had kept them together.