Buhari gives farewell address to Nigerians on Sunday

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will make his last address to Nigerians as President on Sunday, May 28.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Saturday, May 27 urged radio and television stations and other media outlets in the country to hook up to the Nigerian Television Authority and Radio Nigeria network services for the broadcast.

The broadcast is scheduled for 7am.


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The ICIR reports that President Buhari leaves office on Monday, May 29, and will hand over to the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

He assumed office on May 29, 2015, and was re-elected in 2019, making him serve a maximum of two terms of four years apiece approved by the Constitution.

Tinubu won the presidential election conducted on February 25, according to the election result announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

However, he has since been facing legal tussles from his opponents, mainly Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party who came second in the election, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party. Abubakar and Obi, who came second and third in the election, respectively, claimed they won the poll.

Legal fireworks seeking to stop Tinubu’s inauguration were determined in the President-elect’s favour by an Abuja High Court on Friday, May, 26.

The ICIR reports that Buhari’s government has been characterized by economic misfortunes and large-scale killings of many citizens nationwide from deteriorating insecurity he failed to contain.

He achieved so much in infrastructure and health, but education wobbled under him.

The ICIR reported how the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) went on strike for over 600 days under him, causing huge regression in the nation’s education.

Buhari leaves office with 20 million Nigerian children not enrolled in school, despite billions of naira his government claimed to have invested in primary education.

He also leaves the economy on the precipice, with inflation hitting the roof and poverty palpable in most homes.

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Meanwhile, he set the grounds for development through some of the bills he signed, including signing the amendment to the constitution to enable states to generate and transmit electricity.




     

     

    Electricity generation had been the Federal government’s exclusive right, and a larger part of the nation depended on other sources of electricity, which were usually unaffordable to the poor.

    He also signed the Petroleum Industry Act, which provides the fiscal framework that promotes business and investments in Nigeria’s most important resource, the oil/gas sector.

    Many Nigerians believe the president is leaving behind him a country more divided, poorer and more insecure than he met it.

    Buhari has said he would return to Daura, his home town in Katsina State, or the Niger Republic, where his government spent so much of Nigerians’ money.

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