President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he is eagerly awaiting the next six days to hand over power.
He stated that he found it difficult to deal with the pressures of office.
The president addressed at a banquet hosted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday night. The event is part of the activities planned for the inauguration ceremony on May 29.
Buhari who spoke while apologising for coming behind schedule said, “Please, I will like to digress from the prepared speech. I apologise most sincerely for keeping you waiting. I can hardly cope with the pressure. I am desperately looking forward to the next six days.”
Buhari, however, urged the military and other security agencies in the country to remain resolute in the face of the security challenges bedevilling the country.
The president who acknowledged the efforts of the military in the ongoing war against terrorism in the country said the military must not rest on its oars until insecurity is defeated.
He said, “The commission of the Armed Officers’ Mess is a step in line with this policy. For me, the regimental dinner organised for me to mark this occasion is very significant because it presents me with another opportunity to reflect positively on the past, present, and future of our armed forces.
“Please permit me to appreciate our military for their loyalty, handwork, dedication, and selfless service to our beloved nation. I am fully aware of all your sacrifices and commitments in tackling the myriad of security challenges and your contributions to the successful elections in our country.
“However, until the issue of insecurity is surmounted much more is still desired from the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Consequently, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies must always remain resolute in the face of the country’s insecurity challenges.”
He also guaranteed that, with only a few days remaining in his administration, the military would not go without the necessary assistance.
“Our administration, as it winds down, will never relent in broadening the support of the military to enable them to effectively perform their constitutional responsibilities,” Buhari added. Our fallen heroes’ ultimate sacrifice will never be in vain, and the almighty God will continue to grant them eternal rest.”