Major General Muhammad Bukhari (retired) confirmed his desire to return to agriculture after the end of his term in 2023.
Buhari announced this in Turkey, where he is celebrating his 79th birthday which coincides with his participation in the Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In a statement signed by Garba Shekho, the chief special assistant to the president for media and publicity. The President expressed his appreciation to the Guard Brigade, who presented a parade in celebration of his birthday.
He also expressed his willingness to return to his institution after the end of his term as president.
But he added that from now until 2023 when another president is sworn in, he will continue to perform his duties as required by the constitution.
He said, “I thought that being away from Abuja I will escape these things. The Guards Brigade had written to tell me what they wanted to do on this day. Now here you are doing this far away from home.
“I look forward to the year 2023 when I finish, to go home to take charge of my farm. Between now and that time, I will do the best that is possible to advance the interest of the nation and its people, and carry out my duties as prescribed by the Constitution.”
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has eulogised the president on his birthday, saying Nigerians are proud of his leadership.
“Mr President, Nigeria, and Nigerians are proud of you. The way you have been steering the ship of the Nigerian state has been commendable.
“I, therefore, join millions of our compatriots to wish you a happy birthday and more years in good health,” Gbajabiamila said.