President Muhammadu Buhari has visited Katsina State on a four-day private visit.
The President was received upon arrival at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International around 4:20 pm by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the Speaker of the Katsina State House of Assembly, Abubakar Yahaya Kusada, and other government officials.
The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman, members of the executive and legislative councils, as well as members of the religious and business communities were also at the airport to receive the President.
After the airport protocols, the President proceeded to his hometown in Daura.
President Buhari had travelled to Katsina from Kaduna where he inaugurated a surveillance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), produced locally by the Nigerian Air Force.
The induction of the drone at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Mando, code-named TSAIGUMI, is part of the Federal Government’s effort to tackle insecurity in the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
According to the military, the drone is the first locally made in Nigeria and will help to improve the fight against terrorism and other sophisticated crimes through enhanced air surveillance.
The President’s visit to his hometown comes six days after he lost two senior members of his family.
The two family members had died within hours of each other on Friday, last week, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
One of them, Hajiya Halima Dauda who was buried in the President’s hometown of Daura was described by Mr Shehu as the President’s niece and younger sister to his close associate Mamman Daura.
She was aged 56 and left behind 10 children, one of the President’s personal assistants, Mohammed Sabi’u Tunde.
Before her burial, the Buhari family buried Aisha Alhaji Mamman, the wife of the President’s elder brother.