Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita with his entourage yesterday stormed Kaduna to visit the newly sworn-in Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai at the Hassan Usman Katsina house in Kaduna.
President Keita, who had earlier attended the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja, on Friday, stormed Kaduna yesterday to visit Governor El-Rufai.
Speaking during the visit, Keita said the inauguration of President Buhari marks a new dawn for Nigeria saying wonderful wind will blow on the country under Buhari.
According to him, ”I am deeply convinced that, since yesterday, a new dawn, a wonderful wind will blow on Nigeria with the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari and your inauguration as a young and wonderful Governor of this wonderful state of Kaduna.
“I am delighted to be the first President to visit you in your new capacity as governor of Kaduna State. But I am convinced that I won’t be the last and only President to visit you in Kaduna State.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor El-Rufai said, Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular have a lot to learn from the Malian President in their attempt to unite the country and Kaduna State.
According to El-Rufai, what Keita has done since his election as the President of the Republic of Mali by stabilising the country and bringing peace back to the republic is something that he is very proud of and hopes that Kaduna and Nigeria have a lot to learn from what Keita has done in Mali.
“We have inherited a divided country in Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari will have to work very hard to kill those divisions. Here in Kaduna State, we have similar problems of division along religious and tribal lines.
“So, I am happy that, the first visitor to our state is someone that is working very hard to cure his country of such cleavages. I am very grateful to you for visiting us. I can say with all sense of pride that, I am the only Governor that has received a President in his state.
“This is my first official function since being sworn-in yesterday. And it is a thing of joy for me to have my elder brother here who has always been a source of inspiration.

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