David Nyor, a 30-year-old Benue State University alumnus who travelled four days’ worth of distance from Makurdi to celebrate President Bola Tinubu’s inauguration, has arrived at the APC’s national headquarters.
A weary Nyor finally made it to Abuja on Friday night after setting out on May 29, the same day Tinubu was sworn in.
Around 2:30 p.m., the coordinator of the Benue Youth Volunteers made his way to the almost empty party secretariat to make an announcement. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black joggers, and a black fez.
The young man told our correspondent in an exclusive interview that he couldn’t suggest to anyone trekking along the highway from Makurdi to Abuja.
I thought it would be simple, but my legs hurt when I started, the man admitted. That is when I realised how difficult the trek would be, but I persisted because I had promised the people I would.
When questioned about what motivated him to travel from Benue State to Abuja to honour a man who likely hasn’t heard of him, he said it was passion.
Nyor, who is from Konshisha Local Government Area, claimed that if he won the election and was subsequently honoured as president, he would walk in honour of the former governor of Lagos.
“I was hanging out with some of my friends, mostly Obidents, and we were talking about who will win the presidential election. I said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will win because of his record as governor of Lagos state and his connections to citizens nationwide.
“I also stated that he was the only candidate who still had friends from 1999, as opposed to Peter Obi, who has no close friends in Nigeria. He only has one strong relationship, which was in Anambra State.
“One of them said he would leave Nigeria if Tinubu won, and I responded that I would walk from Benue to Abuja to celebrate his victory. I anticipate that he will lead Nigeria well because of the good job he did as governor of Lagos state, the man said.
The graduate in educational management paused when asked if he expected any compensation from the president for his four-day journey by foot without taking into account the difficulty of the insecurity from Makurdi to Abuja.
In order for everyone to see him with my president when I return to Benue, all I ask is for a photo shoot where I’m standing next to him, he said.