President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has accused the former President, Muhammadu Buhari, of not calling him since he (Buhari) left office on May 29, 2023.
President Tinubu said this on Tuesday in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, at the launch of a book in honour of his predecessor.
The book was written by a former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and titled: “Working with Buhari”.
The book launch which held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, marks Buhari’s first official visit to the Federal Capital Territory since May 29, 2023 when he handed over to Tinubu.
The event was also the first time that Tinubu and Buhari will appear together in public since the handover of May 29.
In his remarks to close the launch, President Tinubu revealed that Buhari had kept his promise not to interfere in his administration by staying in Daura, Katsina State, his hometown.
Tinubu said, “After handing over, you (Buhari) said, ‘I will be far away in Daura but if you need me, contact me. I won’t intrude on whatever you are doing. I won’t interfere. I won’t breathe down on your throat.'”
Tinubu said rather than interfere, Buhari has partnered with him to make democracy flourish in the country.
He said, “We’ve partnered to make democracy flourish in Nigeria, thank you.
“Except when I call him (on the phone) to say, ‘Are you living, are you going to the farm?’, you don’t hear from him (Buhari) either to nominate or intrude in the cabinet or complain about issues. Thank you for being who you are.
“President Buhari assumed office at a very difficult period of our national life when the economy was spiralling into recession and Boko Haram had taken over swaths of our territory in North East. At a point it appeared even Abuja, the seat of government would fall into the hands of Boko Haram with the bombing of the UN Building, Banex Plaza, Nyanya and other locations within the Federal Capital Territory.
“We cannot easily forget how our armed forces battled the Boko Haram terrorists under the leadership of President Buhari to reclaim our territory and push them to the fringes of Lake Chad where they no longer pose an existential threat to our sovereignty.
“I must say the job of securing every inch of our country is yet to be finished. My government will stamp out the remaining vestiges of Boko Haram, Ansaru, banditry and kidnapping gangs. We won’t rest until every agent of darkness is completely rooted out.”