Buhari says he can’t wait to leave 

President Mohammadu Buhari has expressed his eagerness to leave office and go far away from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. 

Why is he so eager? 

The president, while hosting a delegation of residents of the FCT, disclosed that he’s already looking forward to life in retirement, which he intends to spend in his hometown, Daura, Katsina state. “I have promised a lot of my colleagues that I will try and be as far away as possible from Abuja when I leave the office so that nobody can create any problems for me anymore”, the president said. Reiterating his readiness to hand over to a new administration in May, Buhari said he “will happily retire according to the provisions of the constitution of the country and go back home”. 

What was the purpose of the FCT residents’ visit? 

It was a courtesy visit. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Mohammed Bello, who led the delegation, said it has become compulsory for representatives of the residents of the FCT to honour the President with a visit during festivities like Christmas and Sallah. “It is not surprising to pay such visits because constitutionally, as the Governor General of the FCT, you are also the head of the administration of the FCT but you have graciously delegated that to me”, Bello said, adding, “Today marks a milestone for us because in 2020 and 2021 we could not pay such visits due to the emergence of coronavirus”. 

President Buhari also commended the FCT Minister on his performance since taking over the administration of the FCT. While he decried how people were used to selling allocated plots instead of developing them as stipulated by the FCT laws, Buhari said “the Minister has restored sanity into the allocation of plots in the FCT”. 

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