A 45-year old married indigene of Borno state, Mallam Adamu Abdullahi has commenced the 868 kilometre road walk from Maiduguri to Abuja to “meet and plead” with the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) end Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed many lives and property in the North East sub-region of country.
Abdullahi’s roads walk routes cut across five states of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Plateau and Nasarawa through the Maiduguri-Damatruru-Potiskum-
Addressing a news conference Wednesday in Maiduguri at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre, Abdullahi disclosed that 21 days have been earmarked for the Maiduguri-Abuja trekking to join his colleague, Suleiman Hashimu, who has completed his Lagos-Abuja walk to
meet Gen. Buhari.
His words: “I’m a married man and blessed with four children before I left Kaduna by road after boarding Borno Express and arrived Maiduguri on Tuesday at about 4pm. My vows to embark on this 868-kilometre trekking from Maiduguri to Abuja will commence by 6am tomorrow (Thursday) to congratulate the president-elect for his victory at the March 28 presidential polls. When I reach Abuja safely on or before Wednesday, May 20, 2015; I will also appeal to him to address these Boko Haram crises that have destroyed the lives and property of many people in Borno and other affected states in the North East.”
On how to reach Abuja on foot, he said: “I will embark on this 868-kilometre journey by 6am from Maiduguri on Thursday, I will pass through Yobe, Bauchi, Jos, Keffi and then finally arrive Abuja to meet our President-elect to first congratulate him; and there after plead with the General to end this Boko Haram that has destroyed many lives and property in Borno state.”
He continued: “Inshallah (by God’s willing); I hope to reach Abuja to meet Gen. Buhari on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. I will use this opportunity to personally congratulate him for his victory as the president-elect of Nigeria, and to plead with him to accord much priority towards ending Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.
“Thousands of our people were killed, injured and displaced from their homes, property worth billions of naira destroyed since 2009 to date by Boko Haram sect, and I do believe that General Buhari will look into our plight after he is sworn in as President on May 29, 2015.”
Though Abdullahi’s 868-kilometre road walk may appear “incredible and challenging,” he insisted that he does not care about what people would say of him to take such risks, exhaustion and fatigues on the long distance journey from Maiduguri to Abuja, the federal capital territory.
What matters, according to him, was the fulfillment of his promise to God and himself on declaration of Gen. Buhari as the President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last month.