State House, Abuja – The Presidency on Friday, March 24, denied reports claiming President Muhammadu Buhari is unwilling to hand over to the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the end of his tenure on May 29.

A statement released by presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said the government is already in the transition phase, Channels TV reported.

The statement reads in part: “The Presidency wishes to denounce as outrageous and fake, and condemns the fake news brigade for attributing a false quote to President Muhammadu Buhari and circulating it.


“How can you vigorously campaign for somebody, vote for him and then say you won’t hand over to him?

This beggars belief.” Shehu described the media platform that published the report (not as “pretty pathetic”, adding that its ownership is “politically partisan in today’s politics, in fact a loser in the presidential election”.

Shehu further said a Transition Committee, made up of representatives of the Buhari government and the incoming Tinubu administration, has been set up.

According to him, the committee is meeting on a daily basis.


The government is already in transition phase. The Transition Committee, made up of representatives of the outgoing administration and the incoming one is meeting on an almost daily basis planning the handover to the Tinubu/Shettima administration,” he said. “Thirteen committees as offshoots of the main committee, some, to arrange military drills and pulling out of President Buhari, are either all at work or soon to be.

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So far, everything is going very well and there is no indication of any hitches.”

Shehu also stated that President is eager to return to his home in Daura, Katsina state, to enjoy his retirement. He said the Daura community has begun their preparations to receive their son back after the “successful administration of the country for two terms of eight years.”

In another report, President Buhari said that he is eager to leave office as scheduled on Monday, May 29.

President Buhari also said that after retiring from office, he will be working on his farms and tending to his 300 animals back in his hometown, Daura in Katsina state.