PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said he would retire to his house in Daura, Katsina State, instead of his better house in Kaduna, adding that as he is nearing the end of his term as president, he is eager to go.
He disclosed this to governors and political leaders who paid Sallah homage to him on Monday, lamenting 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, adding that “In 10 to 11 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.
“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. President Buhari urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts to keep working for the good of the people and the country, noting that: “We are a lucky people and we need to reflect more on where we are coming from.”
The president said relative to the resources available and compared to the last administration, the government had done well in many areas, particularly in infrastructure and wished the person coming after him in office the very best.
On security, the president said the North-West had posed more challenges, while some success had been recorded in other regions of North-East and South-South.
He, however, advised some indigenes in the South-South to stop hurting national assets, which he said also affect their livelihood.