Why Buhari Walked 800 Metres After Eid-el-Kabir Prayer
President Muhammadu Buhari shocked some onlookers and his supporters on Tuesday when he took an 800-metre walk after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer in his home town, Daura, Katsina State.
He had joined the Emir of Daura, Umar Farouk and other Muslim faithful, to observe the Eid prayers at Kofar Arewa Eid Ground and had the honour of performing the symbolic slaughtering of the ram at the Eid ground, signifying total obedience to the will of God as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.
His aides and security officials were waiting for him to enter his vehicle and leave, but the President decided to take a walk, trekking some 800 metres.
While he walked, he acknowledged cheers from Nigerians who had trooped out en masse to attend the Eid prayers and also catch a glimpse of the President in his hometown.
This walks is coming days after he returned from London vacation and President Buhari may have undertaking the walk to show how feat he was for the race ahead in 2019.
Speaking to reporters at his residence after the walk, the
President said he didn’t expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’
even as he thanked the almighty God for a bumper harvest and Nigeria’s steady
progress towards food sufficiency.
‘‘I am very happy about it (the warm reception) and I do not expect anything less from my immediate base," a statement by his spokesman, garba Shehu said.
The President who wished all Nigerians a happy and successful Sallah celebrations, expressed delight that the country was spending less on food imports, noting that it was a major boost to the agricultural policies of his administration.
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