The governors from Maradi and Zinder in Niger Republic were in Kano to campaign with President Buhari. They are among the dignitaries that received the president today in Kano.
This was revealed by a tweet by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, the Special Assistant on media to the Kano Governor Abdulahi Ganduje.
“H.E @GovUmarGanduje with his deputy H.E Dr Nasiru Gawuna, His former Dep H.E Prof Hafiz Abubakar, Minister of Interior Abdurrahman Dambazau & that of Water Resources Kazaure, Governors of Zinder and Maradi from Niger Republic, & others getting ready to receive @MBuhari #PMBinKano.” the tweet reads.
H.E @GovUmarGanduje with his deputy H.E Dr Nasiru Gawuna, His former Dep H.E Prof Hafiz Abubakar, Minister of Interior Abdurrahman Dambazau & that of Water Resources Kazaure, Governors of Zinder and Maradi from Niger Republic, & others getting ready to receive @MBuhari #PMBinKano pic.twitter.com/FwqRRJyZlD
— Peacock (@dawisu) January 31, 2019
Zinder is the Niger’s second largest city, it was the capital of a Muslim dynasty established in the 18th century, which freed itself from the sovereignty of Bornu in the mid-19th century. The city was occupied by French troops in 1899, and it served as the capital of the former French colony of Niger from 1922 to 1926.
Maradi is the third largest city in Niger and the administrative centre of Maradi Region. Originally part of Katsina, a Hausa state, it became independent in the 19th century. From the early 19th century, Maradi was home to one of several Hausa traditional rump states, formed by rulers and nobility who fled the rise of the Sokoto Caliphate.
In his 2018 new year message, president Buhari made plans to construct railway lines from Kano to Maradi. He said, “Negotiations are also advanced for the construction of other railway lines, firstly from Kano to Maradi in Niger Republic passing through Kazaure, Daura, Katsina, Jibia to Maradi.”
President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking to be re-elected. According to INEC, he won Kano with 1,903, 999 votes as against Jonathan’s 215,779 in 2015 general elections.