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Buhari’s Aide Advises Trekkers to Pray Instead of Trekking



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Alhaji Mohammed Shehu, an aide to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has advised youths to pray instead of trekking for the incoming leader’s administration.

Shehu gave this advice during interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Monday.

According to him, the incoming administration acknowledges the excitement of youths over Buhari’s election but would prefer that they channel their energies towards praying than embarking on, sometimes dangerous, journeys.

“It’s kind of overwhelming. Last week, I told youths to stay where they are, stop trekking, and pray for the incoming administration instead. We have a lot of challenges; light, unemployment, insecurity, and so on. So it is more profitable for them to stay where they are and pray instead of taking the dangerous risk of walking all the way to Abuja,” Shehu said.

On the allegation that the trekkers were ignored, Shehu said: “That is not true. Even outsiders have been bringing gifts and food for them out of goodwill. It is untrue that they have been ignored or starved and this is not the first batch but you know the problem with this kind of situation is that when others hear, they keep coming.’’

NAN spoke to some of the trekkers and they said they had taken off at different times on the solidarity walk to the capital.

The only female among the group of 22, Lauratu Musa, said she took off from Kaduna eight days ago with her 15 year-old son, Adamu Abdullahi.

“I collected 28 goodwill letters from the various villages I lodged in on my way. This is my son, he was bitten on the way by plenty mosquitoes but we thank God we are here’’, she said.

Alhaji Bulama Mustapha, the Deputy Chaiman of APC in Damaturu, told NAN on the telephone that the Youth Leader, Musbau Mohammed, “rode his bicycle from Damaturu.”

“He had said from beginning that if Buhari won the election, he would ride to wherever he was to greet him and I kept in touch with him on phone all the way.’’

Nwaopa Sunday said: “I’m here to strengthen relationship between the North and the East. I reside in Anambra and I trekked for 15 days. I visited NTA, Lokoja, Yangoji Palace and the Eze Ndi Igbo of the 19 Northern States, Uche Egenti, who gave me a solidarity letter on my way here.’’

NAN reports that the trekkers, 22 in all, cut across various ages ranging from 20 to 63, and came from different parts of the country including Katsina, Kano, Adamawa, Yobe, Anambra and Kaduna States.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. bruno FIERCE

    May 19, 2015 at 8:24 am

    ” This
    is my son, he was bitten on the way by plenty
    mosquitoes ”

    I wish he was bitten by plenty snakes instead, maybe thats when u will learn.

    foolish people.

  2. ATL's finest

    May 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Hahah what a great advise from Chief in Command himself ; God bless you sir for that. Lmao @ once one hear, others start coming lol before nko? Don’t U trust. I guess there’s no one trekking from Edo State hmm #Satannottoday#

  3. naijaflo

    May 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Exactly. Pray and clamour for good governance.

  4. Do not trekaway your future!

    May 19, 2015 at 8:52 am


    I guess Omotola as RIHT after all!

  5. FinchleysFinest

    May 19, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Now I hope all the guys and gals blaming Omotola will hide their face.

    Now its clear… Lets all get busy and stop trekking…. Dem take am do us? lol

    PRAY ….. Don’t Trek

  6. puzzles

    May 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    in other words, no money to dash u trekkers. Nigeria’s treasury is empty.

  7. tunmi

    May 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I’m for trekking and sitting in the same place as our parents did and pray. They tried that and nothing changed. So let them trek. The mother with the baby….please get him medical care. Where is the baby’s father?

  8. ssah

    May 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    tell them..

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