Why I Embarked On 800 meters Walk – Buhari

Recall that President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday embarked on 800 metres walk after the Eid-el-Kabir prayer to his residence, Duara, Katsina.

The Presidency had said Mr Buhari carried out the action to prove to his critics that he was able and capable of running for a second term in office.

“I think there are two things here,” said Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.

“One is that the president is responsive to the enormous support and commitment of his own people that came out in their numbers to see him.

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“And he just decided that he couldn’t go on riding in a black vehicle, and he came out and walked the distance.

“The second thing, he is curious that these days, one or two people who are aspiring to be president are campaigning on their youthfulness and good health.

“I think the president has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is; how healthy he is.

“That the president has proven his fitness and wellbeing to continue in office is a settled matter,” Garba added.

But distancing himself from the stand of the Presidency, Buhari said he decided to embark on the trek to see the people of his constituency.

‘‘This is my constituency, the people came out in their large numbers to see me and the car in which I was being driven had tinted windows.

‘‘They were not seeing me so I came down so they could see me. 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,’’ he said.

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