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Buhari at 76: Give me more time, pray for me, President begs Nigerians



President Muhammadu Buhari clocked 76 years on Monday , and with just 60 days to the 2019 presidential poll , he asked for more time and prayers to fix Nigeria .The President was 73 years old when he took over the reigns of power for the second time in 2015 .

Buhari spoke at the Presidential Villa , Abuja , shortly after the 203 – member Guards Brigade held a special parade to honour him .

The parade performance and rendition of birthday songs were adjudged the first elaborate birthday ceremonies held for the President since 2015 .

The event took place at the Fore Court of the Presidential Villa .

Speaking with State House correspondents after he cut his birthday cake and the ceremonies were rounded off , the President said he was impressed with his aides , who put the event together.

“ Well , I am impressed with it , they ( aides ) have put a lot of time behind it , I thank and appreciate them very much ” , he said .

Looking ahead , Buhari said he would keep reminding Nigerians about where he met the country in 2015 and where he had now taken it .

He explained, “ We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done , how we met the country , what we have been able to do for the time we came in to now with the resources available to us . ”

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Buhari specifically appealed to Nigerians to give him more time and to pray for him .

“ Nigerians should continue to pray for me and understand my intentions and give me time , ” the president said , as he switched to the Hausa language .

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