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Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has once again expressed his desire to leave power.

On several occasions in the past, Buhari had said he was counting down to the May 29 handover date.

While speaking at a farewell meeting with the outgoing United States Ambassador, Mary Beth Leonard, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, the Nigerian leader said, “I am eager to go,”.

Buhari, who was responding to a question posed by Leonard, added that he planned to be “a big landlord” working on his farms and tending his more than 300 animals in Daura, his hometown in Katsina State.

He expressed satisfaction with the passion towards democracy exhibited by Nigerians through the choices they made in the just concluded presidential, National Assembly, governorship, and Houses of Assembly elections, saying Nigeria’s democracy has truly matured.

He said: “People are realising their power. Given the chance of a free and fair vote, nobody can tell them what to do. I am unhappy that some candidates lost in the election. But I am inspired by the fact that voters were able to make their own decision, to decide who won and who lost.”

“With the currency change, there was no money to spread around but even then, I told voters to take the money and vote according to their consciences,” the President said.

President Buhari said that he was satisfied with his role in the election process without meddlesomeness or any form of interference.

However, the president commended the outgoing Ambassador for the achievements recorded in Nigeria-US relations in the three-and-half years she had been here.

In her remarks, the American Ambassador said she was happy with the progress made in Nigeria-US relations in the three–and–half years, specifically citing the recent institution of a five-year visa regime between the two countries; active collaboration in security and the supply of military hardware including warplanes and the soon-to-come fighter helicopters; and also cooperation in the health sector to fight HIV and COVID-19 response, giving assurances that US will continue to assist in the strengthening of Nigeria’s health sector.

Leonard also expressed her gratitude and that of the United States Government in the continuing role of the President in ensuring regional security and strengthening of democracy as a system of government, citing his strong response against the recent surge of coups-d’état in West Africa as worthy of commendation.

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