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I’m Eager To Return To My Cows In 2023 — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed interest in returning to his farm after his term ends in 2023.

Mr Buhari, who is now in Turkey, made the assertion in a Facebook post about a birthday celebration he attended on Friday.

He clocked 79.

“I look forward to 2023 when I finish my tenure, to go home to take charge of my farm,” Mr Buhari said.

“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,” he added.

Mr Buhari, then the opposition candidate, came into office in 2015 with loud pledges to combat the nascent Boko Haram insurgency, rebuild the economy, and eradicate the chronic corruption in the Nigerian system.

Since then, the promises have mostly remained a phantom, as the country has produced some of the world’s lowest national development indexes.

Insurgent activities, which were mostly concentrated in the North-East at the time, spread to other sections of the North under the guise of banditry.

Nigeria has been in recession twice since Mr Buhari’s second election, with the country being dubbed the poorest country in the world in 2020. Unemployment among young people also hit a new high of 33%.

The regime’s anti-corruption campaign has also been tarnished by sectionalism, with anti-graft agencies focusing on opposition figures while ignoring claims of corruption against pro-government figures. According to the Peoples Gazette, a key Buhari loyalist, Isa Funtua, received a suspicious payment from the country’s tax collector, FIRS.

Mr Buhari has always touted his ranch, which contains around 150 cows, as his sole business endeavour since leaving the military nearly four decades ago.

Mr Buhari preferred time with his cows on a holiday at his Daura countryhome in Katsina in December, when bandits abducted hundreds of pupils from a government school in Kankara.

Instead, the president dispatched a committee from Abuja to the volatile neighborhood.

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