A 51-year-old man, Alhaji Usman Madaki, has started trekking from Bauchi to Lagos to celebrate the victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Madaki, who is also an indigene of Bauchi, was said to have commenced the trekking on June 10, 2022, and planned to arrive in Lagos on Saturday, June 25, 2022.
According to reports, he had arrived at Ilorin, the Kwara state capital and expected to be in Ibadan on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
Madaki, speaking in Ilorin on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, said has faced a lot of challenges throughout the journey, which include what he suspects to be a kidnapping attempt between Kafanchan and Zangon Kataf.
He also said some people even mistook him to be a member of the Boko Haram group. He added that when they noticed he was not looking harmful, they escorted him out of the town.
“I want to meet Tinubu in Lagos to celebrate with him on his victory as the presidential candidate of the APC,” he said.
“I share the belief that he will be Nigeria’s next President. I like Tinubu, he is my godfather even though he doesn’t know me.
“I will be leaving for Oyo State today, I think it is not far like that,” he added.
This is not the first time a politician supporter would embarked on a solitary trek to celebrates the victory of his supportee. In 2015, after President Muhammadu Buhari clinched the seat, a 50-year-old man, Dahiru Buba, trekked from Gombe to Abuja.
The journey took him eighteen days, and he was warmly received by the president. The government of Gombe state, under Inuwa Yahaya, later awarded him a car and two million naira.
Similarly, in 2019, a 25-year-old man, Tukur Aliyu, an indigene of Argungu Local Government of Kebbi State, trekked from Birnin-Kebbi to Abuja, a distance of about 600km and about 11 hours by road, to also celebrate the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari.