Why I decided to walk from Lagos to Abuja – ‘Buharian traveler’ speaks

by Kolapo Olapoju

On Friday, April 24, Suleiman Hashimu, the man who trekked from Lagos to Abuja, got to meet with President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential campaign headquarters of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja.

Hashimu walked for 18 days in commemoration of the election victory of Buhari.

According to Hashimu, the journey was a personal promise he made to God in 2013 that if Buhari contests and wins the 2015 presidential elections, he would travel by foot from Lagos to Abuja.

Read below part of what he said to journalists in Abuja.

“I made a promise because of the love I have for Mr. President that if Buhari should win the 2015 elections, I will trek from Lagos to Abuja which I have done. I thank God that I made a promise and I fulfilled the promise.

“I passed through Kwara and Niger states to Abuja. I was trekking from 6.00am to 6.00pm and anywhere I find myself when it is 6.00pm, I pass the night there.I spent 18 days from Lagos to Abuja.

“Once I found myself inside the bush by 6.00pm and I managed to continue the trek till 9.00pm to a nearby village. I made this promise two years ago. I am based in Ibadan and I started my journey from Lagos because Lagos is the most popular city in Nigeria and I started from Berger junction in Lagos.

“I am not bothered about what people think. It is a promise between me and my God. I don’t want anybody to believe me. I left Lagos because I made a promise. Right from Kwara state, I never walked alone for five kilometres. People always walk with me to the next village. I work with a construction company based in Ibadan.”

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