President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, in Abuja, said he had run a good race and finished his course as Nigeria’s leader for the past eight years.
Therefore, he said, it was in order for him to pass the baton of service to another leader who would lead the country for the next four years.
Buhari said this after he conferred the national honours of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic and the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger on the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, respectively.
The investiture of national honours, which took place at the State House Conference Center of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was part of the lineup of events for the 2023 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony slated for Monday, May 29.
He also performed the Handover of Transition Documents and transferred the Baton of Service to the President-elect.
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Speaking at the event, Buhari said “I am confident that Nigeria is in capable hands as we embark on this new chapter.
“I have run a good race. I have finished my course. It is now time for another to take up the baton.
“Once again, I congratulate President-elect, Bola Tinubu and Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima on their well deserved investiture.”
Meanwhile, President-Elect, Tinubu, said he understood the honour conferred upon him and his VP-elect and the magnitude of the task ahead.
He asked Buhari to expect “knocks on your doors” whether he retires to Daura or Niger Republic.
“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,” said Tinubu.