As he had previously pledged, former President Muhammadu Buhari is no longer able to flee to the Niger Republic, according to President Bola Tinubu.
This was said by Tinubu on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of two books, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Nigerian Legacy—2015–2023 (Vols. 1–5)” and “Working with Buhari (2015 – 2023).”
Remember that Buhari had threatened to flee to the Niger Republic following his formal transfer of power if he could not get enough sleep in Daura, the Katsina State town where he was born.
However, President Tinubu stated that because of the border restriction, Buhari would not be able to move to Niger.
“When President Buhari announced that he was leaving office, he stated he would retire,” remarked Tinubu.
to Daura, a remote location from Abuja, to enjoy his well-earned retirement from government work.
“I remember that he threatened to leave Daura for the Republic of Niger if his friends and supporters would not let him get enough sleep. As you are all aware, the border restriction prevents him from escaping to the Niger Republic.
For this reason, I am overjoyed to have him here in Abuja. We are all gathered here today to pay tribute to a remarkable individual, a patriot, and a committed public servant who, since enlisting in the army in 1962 at the age of 18, gave his all in the service of our nation.
Nigeria placed sanctions, including border closures, on the military regime in the neighboring country of Niger after the coup on July 26, 2023.
country as a step toward bringing democracy back, but the regime refused to bow to public pressure.
Tinubu expressed gratitude to Femi Adesina, the book’s author, for serving as his special adviser on media and publicity from 2015 to 2023.
He pointed out that the book promised to complete some of the initiatives that Buhari had started and provided insight into what happened during his eight years in office.
“I especially appreciate Femi using his memoirs to shed light on the difficult eight years of the administration and how his principal navigated the State Department,” the speaker remarked.When President Buhari took office, the country was going through a very trying time. Boko Haram had taken over large areas of the country, and the economy was heading into a recession of the northeast region of our domain.
“At one point, it seemed that Boko Haram would take control of even Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, by bombing the UN Building, Banex Plaza, Nyanya, and other parts of the Federal Capital Territory.
“We will never easily forget how, under President Buhari’s direction, our armed forces battled the terrorists from Boko Haram to retake our country and drive them out to the outskirts of Lake Chad, where they no longer constitute an existential danger to our sovereignty.
“Any unresolved difficulties that President Buhari had during his eight years in government would be addressed by our administration. As I stated during the campaigns, I inherited all of his possessions and debts.We will keep our administration operating from there President Buhari halted to improve our nation, establish a thriving economy, and safeguard the surroundings in order to increase our citizens’ wealth.
“It is true that there is still work to be done in terms of completely protecting our nation. My administration will eradicate the last traces of Ansaru, Boko Haram, banditry, and kidnapping organizations. We will not stop until all representatives of evil are eradicated.