PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said that age is telling on him as he works for between six or eight hours daily not minding that he is 79 years old..
He disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), on Thursday.
He said, “About my age, I see my colleagues, they are now resting, and I assure you that I look forward to the next 17 months when I too will be less busy.
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.
Really, it’s a lot of hard work, but let’s say, I asked for it and I cannot complain.”
The retired general added, “I have been a governor, I have been a minister, and I’m in my second term as president. So, I’ve gone through all the systems 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.
“What I’m expecting is for Nigerians to say, this man has done his best. I hope I will leave a more secure Nigeria than it is now. That’s the most I expect from Nigerians.”
Speaking on the spate of insecurity in the southeast, Buhari said it had become glaring that the weapons used were from the nation’s armouries.
“Look at the situation in the southeast, police stations are being burnt. We closed borders with Benin (Republic), we closed borders with Niger but we have to accept that the weapons are coming from our own armouries,” Buhari said.
Buhari celebrated his 79 birthday last December while he was on a trip to Istanbul for the Africa-Turkey summit.
He was on the trip with his wife, Aisha and other top government officials.