7th January, 2022
By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has divulged his work schedule to Nigerians, saying he labours for them between six to eight hours a day.
And he expects to be commended by Nigerians for doing so much work for them and for offering his best.
Buhari gave the insight about his work schedule in an interview with NTA, on Thursday night, his second within 24 hours.
He was candid enough to admit that his old age is having a toll on his capacity to deliver, but quickly added that he is not complaining as he campaigned to be president.
According to him, many of his age mates are now enjoying their retirement, saying that he hopes to emulate them in the next 17 months when his tenure ends.
”I assure you that I’m looking forward to the next 17 months when I too would have to be less busy.
“Age is telling on me, working now for 6,7,8 hours a day in the office is no joke. Questions of executive council memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week.
”So, really it is a lot of hard work, but I asked for it and I cannot complain,” he said.
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 armories, 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.