12th July, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari has given reason why he will not retire to Kaduna State when he leaves office next year May.
Buhari’s home is in Kaduna and it was there he was catapulted to Aso Rock when he became president in 2015.
But the president, who met with APC governors in Daura on Monday said he would not return to Kaduna because it is closer to Abuja.
Rather, he said he would retire to Daura, Katsina State, which is his hometown.
Buhari 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.
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,’’ he said.
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.
President Buhari urged the 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.