President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday arrived Benin City, the Edo State capital for an official state visit, in what is seen as celebrating the eight-year tenure of the governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, which ends in a matter of days from now.
The President, who on Sunday was in Sokoto to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III on the throne, paid homage to his majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II of Benin.
In a series of tweet on his official handle, President Buhari expressed gladness at “visiting Edo State, to commission Infrastructure projects completed by the administration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.”
Going down memory lane, he tweeted: “Not many people may remember: I spent most of the 40 months of my detention, following the 1985 coup, in a small bungalow here in Benin City.”
Buhari, then military Head of state, was arrested in his Dodan Barracks, Ikoyi, Lagos, official residence, at around 2am on August 27, 1985, by the trio led by later Col. Abdulmumini Aminu, who later became governor of old Borno State (now Borno and Yobe); then Majors John Madaki and Lawan Gwadabe.
As part of Monday’s visit, the President commissioned the New Central Hospital, and the Upper Siluko Road, in Benin City.