Former President Muhammadu Buhari has left the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to his home in Daura in Katsina State.

Buhari left Monday with his wife, Aisha, in a Nigerian AirForce plane, shortly after handing over to his successor, President Bola Tinubu in a colourful ceremony in Abuja. He left while the swearing in ceremony was still ongoing.
The former president and his wife were accompanied by some top government officials of his administration to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Buhari had said he would retire to Daura immediately he leaves office to tend his small herd of cattle.

Meanwhile, 550 kilometres away from Abuja, the usually quiet town of Daura, Buhari’s hometown and place of birth is in a carnival mood as groups and associations were seen in cheerful preparations to give him a befitting welcome.

Buhari was raised by his mother. His father died while he was barely four years old.

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Muhammadu Buhari joined the military in 1961 and became Head of State in 1983 following a military coup which ousted the democratic government of then President Shehu Shagari. The Buhari military administration was short-lived as it was toppled by the General Ibrahim Babangida regime in August 1985.

In a twist of fate, 32 years later, Buhari, the former military ruler-turned-democrat, after three failed presidential bids, was elected President in March 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, after he had defeated incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari had said he would be retiring to the only house he has in Daura.

Except for the recent painting of the Daura residence that gives it a new look, the house, built way back while he was still in the military, is still its old self with no sign of any facelift, the Sunday Vanguard reports.

Many Daura residents, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard on the President’s homecoming, said they were proud of his achievements for the country in the last eight years despite the ups and downs.