Hashimu Suleiman: I Wish I Never Trekked From Lagos To Abuja For Buhari


Just to refresh your mind, recall the incident which happened in 2015 involving a man, Hashimu Suleiman, who trekked for about three weeks from Lagos to Abuja after Mohammadu Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential election. Hashimu had made a personal promise in 2013 that should former military ruler run and win the 2015 presidential poll, he would trek from Lagos to Abuja as a way of celebrating Buhari’s victory.

Nevertheless, one year after his very long trip, the difficult situation of things in the nation has caused Mr. Hashimu Suleiman to declare that trekking for President Buhari was his greatest mistake.

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Hashimu Suleiman

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the way the president has been handling the affairs of Nigeria within the past one year, Suleiman said he regretted trekking for Buhari who has now made life unbearable for the poor masses. He was quoted as saying:

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“Removing fuel subsidy at this hard time is not palatable to hearing when so many workers and labourers can hardly put food on their table, many companies have folded up, and cost of living is very high, Nigerians have been hoping for a positive change for a very long time, enduring hardship and now the Federal government wants to make things worse for the masses.”

Hashimu Suleiman, a native of Katsina State, had no choice but to fulfill his promise when Buhari eventually won. According to him, when he decided to embark on the journey, many persons discouraged him, especially family members but he never gave up.

He said he was in Lagos when Buhari was announced the president-elect of Nigeria, so he left Lagos at about 5 am the next day and arrived in Ibadan around 6 pm, adding that he had gone to get a police report at Ibadan to allow for a hitch-free journey, but as he could not wait for the processes to be completed, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) gave him his phone number.

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Before he arrived Abuja on April 20, 2015, many people were already waiting to receive him and when residents of FCT finally saw him, the chorus of Sai Buhari filled the air. He met with the president and other party chieftain at the presidential campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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