President Muhammadu Buhari, who marked his 76th birthday on Monday, jokingly `protested’ when a reporter attempted to reduce his age to 75.

“Why would you reduce my age by one?,’’ the President Buhari `queried’ the reporter when he fielded questions in both English and Hausa languages from State House correspondents after a brief ceremony at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

The president called on Nigerians to continue to pray for him and the country at large, charging them to continue to show more understanding of his administration’s policies aimed at transforming the nation.

He stated that the government would continue to remind Nigerians of its achievements in the last three and half years.

“We will keep reminding Nigerians about what we have done, how we met the country, what we have been able to do from the time we came in till now with the resources available to us,’’ he said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony began with a special rendition that ushered the president into the forecourt where Special Parade was mounted by the Guards Brigade.

This was then followed by a special performance by the silent drill squad of the Guards Brigade, which included the formation of words like PMB @ 76