Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong, Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu and former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji -Uzor Kalu, yesterday in Daura , Katsina State, held a closed door meeting, which lasted for more than 30 minutes, with President Muhammadu Buhari at his country home.
The meeting was held shortly after Kalu was conferred with a chieftaincy title “Danbaiwan Hausa”, meaning: ‘Gifted son of Hausa Land’ by the Emir of Daura, Dr. Farouq Umar Farouq.
Both Plateau State Governor and the Communication Minister were among the dignitaries who accompanied the former Abia Governor to the Emir’s palace for the conferment of the title at a turbanning ceremony held earlier
The trio, shortly after the event, left for President Buhari’s residence.
They were ushered in to see the President at about 2.40p.m. The Plateau Governor was the first to depart the residence at 3.30p.m while Kalu and Shittu followed suit five minutes thereafter.
Shittu however, told journalists that they were at President’s residence to “pay obeisance”.
He said, “We were here to pay obeisance .You know the President recently returned from medical trip abroad, and were unable to see him because soon after the security meeting on Monday he left for Daura’’
“Contrary to the claim by his detractors that he is not fit to run a second time, the president is not only fit to trek 800 meters as reported by the media, he is fit mentally and physically to continue to pilot the affairs of our great country even for the next four years after 2019 elections.”
Shittu said he attended Kalu’s event to reciprocate his kindness and liberal attitude to all Nigerians irrespective of tribes or religions.
He blamed the Ibos for “ostracising’’ themselves from mainstream Nigerian political life, urging them to queue behind Buhari this time around
Earlier, the Emir had said, during the event, that Kalu was conferred with the title because of his contribution to the unity of Nigeria and his (Kalu) love for President Buhari’s administration and championing his reelection bid.