The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, declared on Thursday in Abuja that he had completed his eight years in office and had ran a good race.
Therefore, he explained, it is necessary for him to hand over the reins of government to a different figurehead who would do so for the following four years.
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At that point, Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, and Kashim Shettima, the vice president-elect, had just received the national honours of Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic and Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, respectively.
The investiture of national honours, which took place at the State House Conference Center of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was part of the lineup of events for the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony slated for Monday, May 29.
He also performed the Handover of Transition Documents and transferred the Baton of Service to the President-elect.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said;
I am confident that Nigeria is in capable hands as we embark on this new chapter.
“I have run a good race. I have finished my course. It is now time for another to take up the baton.
Once again, I congratulate President-elect, Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima on their well deserved investiture.
Meanwhile, President-Elect, Tinubu, said he understands the honour conferred upon him and his VP-elect and the magnitude of the task ahead.
He asked Buhari to expect ‘knocks on your doors” whether he retires to Daura or Niger Republic.
I understand the honour given to me today and the magnitude of the task ahead, whether you go to Daura or Niger Republic, expect knocks on your doors.