Garba Shehu, the media aide to former President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that Buhari has been actively engaged in farming during his time out of office.
In a statement released on Thursday, marking Buhari’s 100 days since leaving office, Shehu explained that the former president’s choice to relocate from the nation’s capital to Daura in Katsina State was a deliberate move to ensure President Bola Tinubu’s administration could function without distractions.
He said, “This week, President Muhammadu Buhari clocked 100 days away from office after completing two terms of four years each as President of Nigeria.
“He chose to stay in Daura to be far away from Abuja in order not to distract the new APC administration and in the hope also that the distance will make it possible for him to have a good rest and to care for his farm which had not received as much attention as it needed while he was away.
“He goes to the farm four days of the week and is upbeat about how well the crops and his animals are now doing. He gets a good measure of rest but the visits have not abated.”
Mr. Shehu noted that even though the fuel subsidy was removed, causing transportation costs to rise significantly, the former president has been receiving a wide range of visitors from all over the country.
Among these visitors are party supporters, local community organizations, farmers, craftsmen, artists, musicians, medical professionals, religious leaders, community leaders, and various other skilled individuals.
“To manage the numbers, he has a weekly program drawn for him as they did while he was in the Villa. Visitors are scheduled on the program but there are so many people who just start their motor bikes and cars to head out to Daura to him in the belief that he has the time to receive all visitors.
“Not left out are those who benefited from the administration, one way or another. The other day, he was musing the decision to remove fuel subsidy by the Tinubu administration, saying he had hoped that it would lessen the pressure on him by constraining the large number of people who pick up their transport and head to Daura to see him from all parts of the country, but that he had noted that instead of they coming one by one, his friends, including the poor and the marginalized now group themselves, share costs to hire buses to come to see and talk to him”, the statement added.