President Muhammadu Buhari said he looks forward to the next 17 months when he would be less busy as age is telling on him and that he cannot wait to leave office so that he could have the needed rest.
The president 79 years old, speaking in an interview on NTA on Thursday, said at his age, his colleagues were now resting.
“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 the executive council, memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week,” he said.
Buhari said he is doing lots of hard work, but that he would not complain because he asked for it.
He said he had been a governor, a minister, and now in his second term as president.
“So, I’ve gone through all the system and really, what else can I do for this country? I have given my best and I hope after I leave, Nigerians would reflect and at least show appreciation,” he said.
Buhari said he is expecting Nigerians to say he has done his best, hoping that he would leave a more secure Nigeria than it was now.
Buhari revealed how COVID-19 has been a relief for him, on his schedule as fewer people are now lining up to see him.
“Yes, I think COVID-19 has come to my rescue in the sense that the amount of people that you need to see, can’t see you so that is losing no time and about my age, yes, I see my colleagues, they are now resting.”
In the interview, he reiterated the commitment of his administration to address the nation’s security challenges before he leaves office in 2023.
According to him, the security forces are working hard to address all the nation’s security problems, adding that more equipment and ammunition are being procured by the government to make the battle against criminals much easier across the country.
Buhari said that he had done his best for Nigeria and he would continue to do so for the general progress of the nation.
”Yes, because, look, as you know I have been a governor. I have been a minister and I’m in my second term as President. So, I have gone through the system and really, what else can I do with this country?
“I have given my best and I hope after I leave Nigerians will reflect and at least not show appreciation. I’m not expecting any appreciation.
”But what I’m expecting is for Nigerians to say yes, this man has done his best. This is the most I’m expecting from Nigerians. But it’s no joke. I’m telling you.
“Look at the problem we’re having in the southeast now. How many police stations were taken over, weapons missing.
”We closed the border with Benin, we closed the border with Niger. But we had to accept the reality that the weapons are coming from our own armouries, police stations have been attacked and so on.
”So, the main problem is, I hope, I will leave a more secure Nigeria than what it is now,” he said.