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Tinubu warns Buhari ahead of May 29 inauguration, says he will find him if he runs to Niger or Daura after handing over

President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has told President Muhammadu Buhari that he will look for him whether he chooses to stay in Daura or the Republic of Niger after May 29 handover.

Recall that Buhari has insisted he will move far away from Abuja after the end of his maximum two-term tenure as president.

He categorically stated that he will return to his Daura country home in Katsina and if anyone disturbs him, he will move to Niger Republic.

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He explained that Niger Republic is his second home, saying that is why when he became the President, his first visit was to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon because, based on personal and national issues, the neighbourhood is very important.

This has, however, generated mixed reactions from Nigerians, while some stated that the president saying he will leave Nigeria for Niger is a way for him to run away from being questioned after his tenure, while others said it nothing but the president’s way of throwing banters, and a form of easing tension around himself.


Tinubu, speaking after receiving the honour of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (GCFR) ahead of his May 29 inauguration ceremony in Abuja, on Thursday, May 25, 2023, jokingly told Buhari that whether he decide to stay in Daura or Niger, there will be knocks on his door.

This is as he said he understood the honour given to him and his Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima and the magnitude of the task ahead.

“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,” Tinubu said.

He also praised Buhari for the courage shown by declaring June 12 Nigeria’s Democracy Day in honour of late Moshood Abiola.

“President Buhari, you have shown courage in taking tough decisions others avoided.

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“One such decision was to recognise the injustice of the annulment of the 1993 election, to designate June 12 as Democracy Day, and to bestow the nation’s highest honor on the late MKO Abiola,” Tinubu said.

Abiola was adjudged winner of the 1993 presidential election, annulled by former military president, Ibrahim Babangida.

Nigeria’s Democracy Day used to be May 29, until 2018 when Buhari moved the day to June 12 to honour  Abiola.

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