President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday admitted that his seven years in office have been “tough” and said that “I am eager to go.”
This was as he called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities to consider the plight of the future generations of the country as the strike stretches into the fifth month.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president was quoted as saying that his official duties have taken a toll on him in the last seven years.
Buhari spoke while receiving some governors of the All Progressives Congress, legislators, and political leaders at his residence in Daura, Katsina State.
“I am eager to go. I can tell you it has been tough. I am grateful to God that people appreciate the personal sacrifices we have been making,” he added.
The President told the governors and political leaders that he had not been to his house in Daura for close to a year due to the demands of office.
“The observation that I abandoned my base was made by the Emir of Daura, Dr Faruk Umar Faruk, at the eid prayer ground.
“He held the microphone and told everyone that the last time I was in Daura was during the Eid-el-Kabir of 2021,” he added.
President Buhari said he would retire to Daura, not Kaduna, where he had a better house.
“In ten to eleven months’ time, I will come here. I have a better house in Kaduna, but it is too close to Abuja.”
The President explained that the schedule of work was much, saying he recently had to sympathise with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who had to be away most of the time from his family.
The president, however, said his administration has performed better despite the lean resources available to it.
He claimed that relative to the resources available, and compared to the last administration; the government had done well in many areas, particularly in infrastructure.
“I wish the person who is coming after me the very best,” he said.