President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, December 11, 2020, landed in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, to start a one-week long private visit.
This disclosure was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Friday, December 11, 2020.
The President was received in Katsina by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State; Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu; Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; and other top government officials. He was transported from Katsina Airport to Daura in a Nigerian Air Force helicopter NAF–540.
What the presidential media aide is saying
Garba Shehu, in his statement, said:
- “President Muhammadu Buhari is in Daura, Katsina for a week-long private visit. The aircraft carrying the President from Abuja landed at 4:45 pm on Friday at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport in Katsina, where he was received by the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari; his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, senior government officials, and the heads of security agencies in the state.
- “In Daura to receive President Buhari at the helipad were the Emir, His Highness Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, leading the members of the Emirate Council and a parade of colourful horse riders and courtiers.
- “Shortly upon disembarking, the President received the gift of a horse and a decorated sword in his capacity as Bayajiddan Daura from the Emir.
- “While in Daura, President Buhari will carry out a number of private engagements, but he is expected to participate virtually in the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, to be presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN).”
- The statement noted that the president last visited Daura in December 2019, having stayed away largely due to the global Covid-19 situation.
What you should know
- This is the first time the President is visiting his hometown since December 2019, when he was last there to perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the N18 billion University of Transportation, Daura.
- He said the newly established institution is expected to bring rapid development to the transport sector and generate both academic and non-academic employment opportunities for Nigerians.
- According to media reports, President Buhari, who is expected back in Abuja on December 18, might entertain both official and private engagements including visits to his farm during his one-week stay in Daura.
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PRESIDENT BUHARI IN DAURA ON WEEK-LONG PRIVATE VISIT
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 11, 2020