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I occasionally call Buhari to find out if he’s still alive – Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu has revealed that he occasionally checks up on his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari since his exit from office in 2023.

He made this known on Tuesday during the presentation of the book titled; “Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity (2015–2023),” written by Femi Adesina.

Tinubu disclosed that he calls the immediate past president to ask if he is alive and well, and engaging in agricultural activities on his farm in Daura, Katsina state.

While delivering his speech, Tinubu also thanked Buhari for keeping his promise not to intrude or interfere in how he runs his government

He said; “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.”

He said Buhari distanced himself from his administration since May 29, 2023, and went back to his hometown when he handed over power.

According to President Tinubu: “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 your throat. We’ve partnered to make democracy flourish in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile in another news…

Former President Muhammadu Buhari explained why he tendered an apology to Nigerians before leaving office in May 2023.

CorrectNG recalls that he asked for forgiveness from those hurt by his administration’s policies. He issued the apology on Friday, April 21, 2023 when he hosted guests at the ninth and final Sallah homage held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Revisiting the matter on January 16, 2024, Buhari said he had no intention to deliberately inflict pain and anguish on anyone, but that a decision had to be made. The former Nigerian leader added that at the end of the day, he had to apologise.

In his apology message, the ex president had recalled his regime as military governor of Borno State in 1976, Minister of Petroleum Resources in the same year and one-time Head of State (1983 – 1985), saying he sees himself as a lucky and fulfilled politician.