THE SUN NIGERIA
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With only six days left in his term as president, President Muhammadu Buhari stated on Tuesday night that he was in a haste to leave office, disclosing that he had been under intense pressure recently.
He made the disclosure at the close of the Regimental Dinner, organized in his honour by the nation’s armed forces at the newly commissioned Nigerian Armed Forces Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, Abuja.
The President was joined at the occasioned, which was slated as part of the programme of events of the 2023 Presidential Inauguration, by other dignitaries, including the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Defense, Major General Salihi Magashi, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, and the Service Chiefs.
Buhari, who uncharacteristically arrived at the event late, apologised to those at the event and explained that he had been under tremendous pressure to keep up with the multitude of festivities planned for the inauguration while also completing official obligations of his office.
Buhari on Tuesday physically commissioned the new Nigerian Customs Service headquarters buildings in the Maitama District of the FCT, before virtually inaugurating six other projects across the country.
He also presided over another extraordinary Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting from midday till late Tuesday evening, before heading out for the Regimental Dinner.
“Please, I will like to digress a bit from the prepared speech. I apologise most sincerely for keeping you waiting for about at least half an hour, actually, I can hardly cope with the pressure and I’m desperately looking forward to the next six days”, he told the gathering just before saying good night at about 11 pm.