President Muhammadu Buhari stated that he will not miss Aso Rock much because he is being harassed and that not everyone is appreciative of his efforts to improve the nation.
Speaking at a private dinner on Friday night to mark his 80th birthday and with the theme “Celebrating A Patriot, a Leader, an Elder Statesman,” Buhari made this claim.
Asked what he (Buhari) will miss about the presidency when he leaves office on May 29, 2023, Buhari said: “I wonder if I am going to miss much. I think I’m being harassed. I believe I’m trying my best, but still my best is not good enough.
“Because there are people around that think that they can intimidate me to get what they want instead of going through certain systems to earn whatever they want to earn. And they are some people who want to be clever by half.”
According to President Buhari, the assertion that he was deceased and Jibril Aminu from Sudan was residing in the presidential residence at Aso Rock was an offensive joke.
He claimed that certain Nigerians had an ability to generate humor out of things they did not understand, and that this was the case with the rumors that he was dead and that of a man named Jubril from Sudan.
Asked if he heard about the rumour a while back that he was not Buhari, he replied, smiling, “Yes! People said I am somebody from Sudan. I didn’t bother with the name. Nigerians have mischievous ways of explaining themselves.”
Also asked whether he finds such things funny, the President said: “No. It is not funny because those who made those statements just want to be cheeky. They want to distract attention from the main issue.
“Our main issue is to do the infrastructure, make people aware that they need to work hard to live well. They just want to enjoy life without earning the respect of their community and so on.”
The president also disclosed that he lost two of his children from his deceased wife to sickle cell anemia, which is why he requested the second wife be of the AA genotype when he decided to remarry in order to prevent his children from inheriting the S from his AS genotype.