Dahiru Buba, the 50 year old man that trekked from Gombe to Abuja in support of the President, Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, tells CHIMA AZUBUIKE of The Punch how the physical exertion has affected his health for three years, his expectations of the Buhari regime, among other issues.
He said “It took me roughly 15 days.”
The Fidelinfo gathered that the correspondent asked him Why did he choosed to trek to Abuja from Gombe for Buhari, he said:
“The idea came out of my excitement after the APC won the presidential election in 2015. It was because my party and my choice candidate, President Buhari, became the democratically elected leader of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This came after he had tried a number of times. When it was taking forever for him to become the President, I promised myself to do something big, not knowing he would win. So I vowed that if Buhari got elected, I would do something extraordinary. The best way was to trek.”
What do you think about the Buhari regime that you trekked for from Gombe to Abuja?
I feel very sad because some people mock me now, saying I only did that in order to be rich but I’m still poor while others enjoy insulting the President in my presence. But I’m usually helpless because I can’t really defend him.
People always harass me in Dukku, asking me what I have gained, especially those who know about my current medical predicament and financial condition. They know how I practically survive by depending on others. Some of my friends, in an attempt to ridicule what I did, said I should have trekked to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. They said trekking to Mecca would have been more beneficial, They said my trekking from Gombe to Abuja did not bring me any gain.
Do you think you have become richer or poorer since Buhari became the President?
I’m poorer than ever.
What do you think can be done to improve the country?
The President should revisit the promises he made to the people and fulfil them. The government is trying its best; I’m happy with some things but there are some things that need to change. Their tenure isn’t over yet.