President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday celebrated his 79th birthday in faraway Istanbul, Turkey where he is currently on official assignment.
The President cut a birthday cake moulded in the national colours of green-white-green which was presented by his aides.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari after cutting his birthday cake went straight to chair a planning meeting with officials in his delegation and thereafter drove to the Dolmabahce Palace for a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Tayyip Recep Erdogan.
The presidential spokesperson quoted Buhari as saying he thought he would be able to escape the funfairs of the birthday celebration since he was away from Abuja.
Buhari further promised to continue to diligently serve the people of Nigeria in the few months left before his tenure expires in 2023.
The President added that he looks forward to retiring to his farm after successfully concluding his tenure in office as the President of Nigeria.
“I thought that being away from Abuja I will escape these things. The Guards Brigade had written to tell me what they wanted to do on this day. Now here you are doing this far away from home.
“I look forward to the year 2023 when I finish, to go home to take charge of my farm. Between now and that time, I will do the best that is possible to advance the interest of the nation and its people, and carry out my duties as prescribed by the Constitution,” he said.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who spoke on behalf of other officials and the delegation, including the Ambassador of Nigeria to Turkey, Ismail Yusuf Abba wished President Buhari a happy birthday in good health, many healthy years ahead and the energy to give his best to the nation.