Trekking Hero

15 March 2016 by CIEPDCWC Updates 1105 Views
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Suleiman Hashimu aka ‘The traveler” is a construction worker who promised to trek from Lagos to Abuja if Gen. Buhari wins the 2015 Presidential election, arrived Abuja evening  of Monday 20th April after trekking for many weeks.

The traveler promised two years ago to walk from where ever he is to the capital of Nigeria, Abuja if General Muhammadu Buhari wins the election in 2015 during an interview with BBC Hausa, Voice of America. He was in Lagos when Buhari was declared the President-elect of Nigeria. Despite several discouragement from friends and at the same time, inspiration from friends and loved ones; he continued from Ibadan to Oyo. Then from Oyo to Ogbomoso.; And from Ogbomoso to Ilorin with much hospitality at every stop.

“At Ilorin, some people escorted him for some miles and he stopped at Oloru. Oloru, to border’n Sa’ada and then to Jebba. He received so much hospitality from Jebba and unlike other villages he met a lot of people who had heard of the traveller. About 20 people set off with him from Jebba and after some miles, about 18 went back but the remaining two where determined. They met with armed robbers close to Makwa and luckily, he already met one of them in Jebba and he even gave him 200 Naira for pure water. The robber told his colleagues that he was going to see Buhari and he gave him 2000 Naira and then slapped the two men with him. He continued his journey from Makwa to Kudu and then to Kutigi and continue his journey to Bida, Niger State”[i].

The journey started on March 29th and ended April 20th in Abuja, where he was given a rousing welcome by Abuja residents.

If an electorate can fulfill his promises without succumbing to pressure, what more can we ask from the elected officers than to fulfill their campaign promises.


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