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If they disturb me in Daura, I will relocate to Niger – Buhari discloses plans ahead of handover 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed great joy that he is leaving Aso Rock in about a month, stating that he has been waiting for the time to come since.

The president said he plans to move far away from Abuja in order to give the incoming president the freedom to govern freely. He said while he has resolved to remain in Daura after his exit from office, he may leave his hometown to Niger Republic if he gets any disturbance from Abuja.

He spoke when the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello and his team paid him a curtesy visit in celebration of the Sallah.

He said:

“I have been counting the years. Democracy is good, otherwise, how can someone come from one end of the country to rule for eight years? My home town, Daura, is about eight kilometres from the Niger Republic.

“When the Minister of Interior wanted to shut down petrol stations ten kilometres from the border, there was a fuel station close to my house, and I pleaded if he could allow it to keep operating,” he added.

The President stated that he decided to retire to Daura, which was far away from Abuja to get some respite, after years of work.

“I can’t wait to go home to Daura. If they make any noise to disturb me in Daura, I will leave for the Niger Republic. I deliberately arranged to be as far away as possible. I got what I wanted and will quietly retire to my home town.

“In spite of technology, it will not be easy to get to Daura,” he said.

President Buhari said he accepted all the complaints and criticisms in good stead, knowing it was part of the leadership he prayed and asked from God.

“God gave me an incredible opportunity to serve the country. We are all humans, if I have hurt some people along the line of my service to the country, I ask that they pardon me.

“All those that I have hurt, I ask that they pardon me.”

“I think it is a good coincidence for me to say goodbye to you, and thank you for tolerating me for almost eight years,” the President said.

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