Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
A former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday, led Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong, and the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, to a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at his Daura country home.
The meeting was held shortly after Kalu was conferred with the chieftaincy title of “Danbaiwan Hausa” by the Emir of Daura, Dr Farouq Umar Farouq.
Both the Plateau State Governor and the communications minister were among the dignitaries who accompanied Kalu to the Emir’s palace for the conferment of the title.
The trio, shortly after the event, left for President Buhari’s residence.
They were ushered in at 2.40pm. The Plateau State Governor was the first to depart the residence at 3.30pm while Kalu and Shittu followed suit five minutes thereafter.
Shittu, however, told journalists that they were at the President’s residence to “pay obeisance.”
The minister said, “We were here to pay obeisance. You know the President recently returned from a medical trip abroad.
“The President is not only fit to trek 800 metres as reported by the media, the President is fit mentally and physically to continue to pilot the affairs of our great country.”
Shittu said he attended Kalu’s event to reciprocate his kindness and liberal attitude to all Nigerians irrespective of tribes or religions.
The Emir had earlier said, during the event, that Kalu was conferred with the title because of his contribution to the unity of Nigeria and his (Kalu’s) love for President Buhari’s administration and programmes.
The monarch, who described Kalu as peace promoter, noted that the title had made him the representative of the Hausa in the entire Igbo land in the country.
“We appreciate your contributions to the business sector in Nigeria and your efforts in peace building for the good of the community.
“We also appreciate the love you have for our son. I urge you to continue your campaigns for President Muhammadu Buhari,’’ he said.
According to the Emir, Daura Emirate is the only emirate in Hausa land that can confer the title which means a “Gifted son of Hausa Kingdom,’’ on anybody.
Responding, Kalu commended the Emir for the title and assured the monarch that he would continue to do more for the development and unity of the country.
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