Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari was persuaded and pressured to become the Nigerian leader in 2015.
Shehu made this known in an interview with Channels Television on Friday while reacting to some comments made by the President in an interview on NTA on Thursday.
During the interview, the President had said that he was looking forward to finishing his tenure as age is telling on him.
Buhari said he has served Nigeria as a minister, governor and now president, adding that he hopes after his administration ends, Nigerians would acknowledge that he tried while in office.
Reacting to the President’s comments, Shehu agreed with the President that he had given his best for the country and cannot wait to leave the office when his tenure would end in 2023.
The presidential aide noted that the President had retired as the military Head of State when some Nigerians approached to become the President.
He said, “The president can be very casual sometimes in speaking and jovial and jocularly; I think this is what people fail to understand of him. They need to understand how he was persuaded and pressured to even run in the first instance.
He had served as governor, minister and military Head of State and that’s the highest it could get. He had retired home and Nigerians came and said you are the right person for this moment, we need you. It took some persuasion.
So, yes, it is right for the person to say he has given his best and when the time is up, some other person will take over”.