President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday described his seven years in office as “tough,” saying, “I am eager to go.”
This was as he called on the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to consider the plight of the future generations of the country as the strike stretches into the sixth month.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said this when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress, legislators, and political leaders at his residence in Daura, Katsina State.
The statement was titled ‘Enough is enough, President Buhari tells ASUU, urges lecturers to consider generational consequences.’
President Buhari told the visiting governors and political leaders that he had not been to his house in Daura for close to a year due to the demands of the office.
“The observation that I abandoned my base was made by the Emir of Daura, Dr. Faruk Umar Faruk, at the eid prayer ground. He held the microphone and told everyone that the last time I was in Daura was during the Eid-el-Kabir of 2021.
“In 10 to 11 months’ time, I will come here. I have a better house in Kaduna, but it is too close to Abuja,” he said.
The president describes that the schedule of work was much, saying he recently had to sympathize with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who had to be away most of the time from his family.
He claimed that relative to the resources available, and compared to the last administration, the government had done well in many areas, particularly in infrastructure.
He said, “I am eager to go. I can tell you it has been tough. I am grateful to God that people appreciate the personal sacrifices we have been making. I wish the person who is coming after me the very best”.