President Buhari who is still at his hometown, Daura for the Sallah holiday, hosted his former classmates alongside other groups in his house.
President Buhari stood for photos with his former classmates, Kano Traders Association, Chairmen of ALGON Katsina State, Members of CAN Katsina Chapter, Representatives of 5 Local Governments in Daura Emirate and Chairman of Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria (GOGAN) Chief Felix Idiga.
Here are photos from the meeting below;
The meeting is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari stated that his long distance trek on Sallah day was not about testing his physical fitness, but to show respect to thousands of people who wanted to greet him on the fateful day.
The President stated this when he received some socio-political groups from Daura Emirate Council, who paid him Sallah homage at his private residence in Daura, Katsina state, on Friday. President Buhari said the trekking had nothing to do with his bid to seek re-election in 2019, adding that he had since made his intention known to Nigerians about his political ambition.
The President, who spoke in Hausa, said:
“Let me react to some media reports about my trekking on Sallah day, insinuating that I trekked to demonstrate my fitness for 2019 presidential election.
“I didn’t need to convince anyone about my health and the decision to contest for a second term — a decision that I made public in April this year.
“After the prayer, I noticed that many people wanted to see me and I was in a black vehicle and security men were blocking them from seeing me.
“So, I opted to trek in spite the security implications, because I knew nothing would happen to me by the grace of Allah,’’ he said.
The President used the opportunity of his meeting with his kinsmen to inform them that he has directed the Ministry of Agriculture and the CBN to review the processes on the issuance of loans to smallholder farmers.