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Summary of Buhari’s farewell speech to Nigerians

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On Sunday morning, President Muhammadu Buhari delivered a farewell speech to Nigerians, ahead of the May 29 handover to his successor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Below are keypoints contained in the speech:

1. This year, Nigeria witnessed the most keenly contested Presidential Elections since the first Republic, which demonstrates that our democracy is getting better. 

2. Candidates and political parties that did not agree with the results should go to court. Irrespective of the outcome of the various cases, aggrieved parties should accept the decision of the court. 

3. Tinubu was the best presidential candidate among all the contestants and Nigerians have chosen well. 

4. I am leaving behind an electoral process which guarantees that votes count, results are credible, elections are fair and transparent and the influence of money in politics reduced to the barest minimum. Nigerians can elect leaders of their choice. It provided an even playing field where persons without any political God-Father or access to money defeated other well-resourced candidates. 

5. The Nigerian economy has become more resilient due to the various strategies put in place to ensure that our economy remained afloat during cases of global economic downturns. 

6. We increased the ability of the poor and rural Nigerians to earn a living, provided more food for millions in our villages and gave our women opportunities to earn a living. 

7. We provided an enabling environment for the private sector to engage in businesses for which their return on investments is guaranteed. In revamping the economy, we made difficult choices, which yielded the desired results. Some of the measures led to temporary pain and suffering for which I sincerely apologised for, but the measures were taken for the over-all good of the country. 

8. We reduced banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other criminal activities considerably. We are working round the clock to secure the release of abducted school children unharmed

9. I tried to rid the country of corruption, but corruption fought back fiercely. 

10. Millions prayed for me during my illness in my first term of office. As I retire home to Daura, Katsina State, I feel fulfilled and confident that I am leaving Nigeria better than I met it in 2015.

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