Nigeria's new civilian President, Dr. Alhaji Shehu Shagari, has left Lagos -- the capital city?
Nigeria's new civilian President, Dr. Alhaji Shehu Shagari, has left Lagos -- the capital city -- for the first time since assuming office. On Saturday (25 October) he visited the town of Abuja -- soon to become the new capital of Nigeria. President Shagari took over the Nigerian leadership after lections that saw the end of thirteen years of army rule. En route to Abuja, President Shagari made a short stop at the airport in Kaduna to address newsmen and inspect a military honour guard.
SYNOPSIS: President Shagari was welcomed at the airport by Kaduna's State Governor, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa.. During his visit, he held discussions with the Governor and members of the State's House of Assembly.
The Guard of Honour was mounted by a detachment of the Nigerian army. The President will pay a two-day official visit to Abuja, the proposed Federal capital. President Shagari says he agrees with the previous military regime that the capital should be changed, as Lagos has become congested.
The military heads of the infantry divisions at Kaduna and a number of senior government officials were also present for the Presidential visit. Accompanying President Shagari were several senior Federal government ministers. While in Abuja, the President will visit the Federal Capital Development Authority, the proposed site for the National Assembly complex, Jabi Dam and Sheda Simulium Research Centre.