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I’m tired working seven hours a day; can’t wait to leave office: President Buhari

President Buhari
President Buhari


Working six or seven hours a day as president of Africa’s most  populous nation is an insufferable job, says President Buhari, wishing he “will be less busy.”

Mr Buhari was born on December 17, 1942.

“The age is telling on me. Working now for six, seven to eight hours per day in the office is no joke. There are questions of (the) executive council; memos from as many states as possible to be considered virtually every week,” lamented the Nigerian president. “Really, it’s a lot of hard work.”

However, the 79-year-old added, “As I’ve said, I asked for it, and I cannot complain.”

He disclosed that on his wishlist is the need to indulge himself in lazing around.

Last year, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinkanorthern leader Tanko Yakasai and London-based The Economist described Mr Buhari as lazy.

“About my age, I see my colleagues, they are now resting, and I assure you that I look forward to the next 17 months when I too will be less busy,” said Mr Buhari in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) aired on Thursday night.

“I have never supported and will never support Buhari. I know Buhari has no competence to rule the country,” Mr Yakasai asserted in an interview with Tribune. “I have never changed my mind about his lack of competence to lead the country.”

The nonagenarian insisted he had always opposed Mr Buhari’s regime “because I knew he could not solve our problems as a country.”

He added, “The capacity is not just there,” while stating that he “would join efforts to look for somebody, who can solve our problems.”

Since assuming office, Mr Buhari has spent over 200 days on foreign medical trips to the UK to treat an undisclosed ailment with taxpayers’ money.

In 2021, Mr Buhari and Vice Yemi Osinbajo budgeted N3.4 billion for their feeding and travels, while in 2022, over N500 million is budgeted for their feeding.

The president has been criticised for being inept and nepotistic since he assumed office in 2015.

Under his watch, Nigeria became the poverty capital of the world, with a record-high unemployment rate standing at 33.3 per cent as of the fourth quarter of 2020.

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