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Uhuru Kenyatta graces a Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Nigeria

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja, Nigeria. [Government of Nigeria]

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was the key note speaker at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Ministerial Performance Retreat in Abuja, Nigeria where the performance of the country’s cabinet was being reviewed.

Uhuru who was officially invited by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, shared his insights on how he peacefully handed over power to his successor, President William Ruto. Uhuru also spelt outhow he managed to run his cabinet for 10 years and the team behind the successful development projects that were delivered during his tenure.

During the ceremony held at the Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, Uhuru also introduced Dr. Fred Matiang’i who served under the Education and later Interior docket, and Nzoika Waita who was the Chief of Staff at State House, stating that they greatly helped him deliver to Kenyans.

This is Uhuru’s first foreign trip since his exit from power.

At the two-day conference, themed ‘Enhance Security, Fight Corruption, Transform The Economy’, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari stated that he invited the former head of state to help the Nigerian government with its transition.

"I am particularly delighted to welcome His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, the immediate former President of the Republic of Kenya and members of his delegation, and especially thank him for honouring our invitation to be the keynote speaker at this retreat,” Buhari said.

At the same time, the Nigerian President lauded his achievements stating that high-impact projects have been implemented across the country meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.

“We have constructed over 3,800km of roads while 38 new aircraft were acquired for the Nigeria Air Force to boost the fight against insurgency and 9,990,862 pupils are being fed through the School Feeding Programme, which employs 128,531 cooks in local communities,” he stated.

Nigerians are expected to head to the polls on February 25, 2023, with Buhari exiting office. Among those seeking to succeed Buhari include Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.