'I'll return to Daura after my tenure,' says Buhari

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return to his hometown, Daura, at the end of his tenure, the President said on Saturday.

Mr. Buhari said he would not "hang around Abuja, The Federal Capital Territory after May 29, 2023, to avoid meddling in the affairs of the office of his successor."

The President disclosed this while speaking to Abuja residents led by Minister Mohammed Musa Bello, who paid him a Christmas visit.

The guests included political leaders, traditional and religious leaders, women, youth groups, and public servants.

According to Mr. Buhari, the decision not to make Abuja a permanent residence "is to allow his successor a free hand to operate and run the affairs of government."

The President also told his audience that he would remain in the same residents he had always lived, dousing the idea of building a new home for his retirement.

He commended Minister Bello that he "retained the cabinet position for so long because of his honesty and hardwork."

The President said he was aware of the pressure the Minister was under from highly placed Nigerians who requested land allocation in Abuja.

He cited an instance where someone asked him to speak with the Minister to allocate him a plot of land, which he said he would sell to marry a second wife.

"I was overwhelmed by the priority of some people who need a plot of land not to develop but sell it and marry another wife.

"I don't know how the Minister copes with such people who are extremely serious about such things. And I think about 45 per cent of those who have been given land allocation in the FCT have sold it and didn't develop it according to the laid down criteria (master plan)."

Mr. President thanked Nigerians for supporting his administration, recalling how he traveled across the country in the build-up to the 2015 and 2019 elections, asking for support from Nigerians.

In his remarks, the FCT Minister expressed delight that the Christmas homage had returned after two years of suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19. He prayed to God Almighty to grant the President a peaceful and healthy retirement.

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