President Muhammadu Buhari has described the first year in office for the All Progressives Congress-led administration as “nasty and tumultuous”
The President stated that in the last one year, some of his cabinet members have lost weight.
He said this on Monday during an anniversary lunch where he hosted some members of the State House Correspondents to an anniversary lunch.
According to Buhari: “I will talk about my experience here in Aso Villa. I underrated the influence of the PDP for 16 years watching from outside are eight consecutive governments.
“The experience of the staff, their commitment and zeal is different from what it is now. Sixteen years of development in the life of a developing nation is a long time.
“When we came, there were 42 ministries and we cut them to 24.
“This is where I pay my respect to former President Goodluck Jonathan. This is actually privileged information for you.
“He called me at a quarter past five in the evening. He said good evening, your Excellency Sir, and I said good evening.”
He said, “‘I have called to congratulate you that I have conceded defeat’. Of course, there was dead silence on my end, because I did not expect it. I was shocked.
“I did not expect it because after 16 years, the man was a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and was President for six years.
“For him to have conceded defeat even before the result was announced by INEC, I think it was quite generous and gracious of him. So, I thank him for that.
“(Former Head of State) Abdulsalam recognized the generosity of Jonathan to concede deceit and said we should go and thank him immediately and that was the first time I came here’’, he said.