President Muhammadu Buhari fit to face the rigours of next year’s presidential contest slated for February, citing the president’s 800 meters walk home from the prayer ground as evidence of his clean state of health.
The president returned from a 10-working day vacation last weekend and proceeded to his Daura, Katsina State homestead for the Eid-el-Kabir Festival on Monday. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement said if anyone was in doubt about the fitness of the president, yesterday’s walk home amid cheers from his supporters was enough to erase such doubt.
According to him, Buhari performed the symbolic slaughtering of the ram at the Eid ground, which he said signified “total obedience to the will of Allah as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.”
He said after the walk, the president spoke with reporters in his residence, saying he didn’t expect anything less from his ‘immediate constituency’ and thanked the almighty God for a bumper harvest and Nigeria’s steady progress towards food sufficiency.
Shehu also said at a separate event that Buhari received members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) currently serving in Daura community- an audience that has become part of his schedules during the Sallah celebrations in the past years.
Shehu added that Buhari formally welcomed the corps members to the ancient town of Daura and asked them to enjoy their national service year.