February 27, 2024

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday revealed that he thought his age was 74 but he was told that he is 75 years-old.

The President said this when the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Muhammed Bello led a delegation to him to pay his visit on Christmas day at the Aso Villa.

Buhari admitted that 2017 has been a tumultuous year in the country and this could be attributed to his ill-health that kept him out of the country for a sizeable period of time.

The President said he had recovered well from the sickness because he obeyed his doctors who instructed him to be eating and sleeping well.

He said, “I am very grateful (to you) for taking time out on a very important day to come out and spend it with us.

“It has been a tumultuous year. I am thinking I am 75. I thought I was 74 but I was told I’m 75.

“I have never been so sick, not even during the 30-month civil war that I was stumbling under farm of yams or cassava.

“But this sickness…I don’t know, but I came out better. All those who saw me before said I looked much better when I came back.

“But I have explained it to the public that as a General, I used to give orders. But now, I take orders. The doctors told me to feed my stomach and sleep for longer hours. That is why I am looking much better” he added.

The President expressed his appreciation of the visit because he cherishes neighbourhood and that was what informed his visit to Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin Republic immediately he took over in 2015.

He said “If you are in good terms with your neighbours, then you can make some savings for development. But if you start fighting your neighbours, then, I am afraid the resources you have you will lose it in trying to be very clever.

“So, I try to be very close to my neighbours both individually and nationally. I thank you very much for being very good neighbours.”

President Buhari admitted that 2017 had been a tough year for Nigeria, expressing the hope that next year would be more prosperous for the country.

He stated, “It has been a tough year for Nigeria and I hope next year will be a much more prosperous one.

“But those listening to the press and the majority of us know that the rainy season was very good and some states have got very good information from home.

“I never knew that the people from Kano, who are more resourceful, used to go to my area and hire farms. This year, nobody hired farms, and nobody regretted it.

“The second one is that the governor of Sokoto State said all the people that really used to go to Mecca were farmers but he didn’t tell me if they took additional wives.”

 

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