Bago gifted key to Ka’aba, says it’ll spur Niger development

Governor Umaru Mohammed Bago of Niger state said Thursday that he is overwhelmed to receive a gift of key to the Ka’aba from the Imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The governor in a statement by his chief press secretary, Alhaji Bologi Ibrahim, described the gift of key to the Ka’aba as a rare and once in a life time.

He said, “This gesture will further spur and strengthen our resolve to provide purposeful leadership and good governance to the people.”

The CPS said, “Indeed, it is a very exclusive privilege ever granted to any Nigerian since the late renowned Islamic Scholar and leader of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usmanu Danfodio and that is expected to serve as a tonic to hasten the actualisation of the New Niger Development Agenda.”

He stated that the great honour done to Governor Bago manifests a gesture of respect, appreciation and solidarity in recognition of his consistent efforts in fulfilling the yearnings and aspirations of his people.

He said the recognition by the Saudi government will seamlessly herald and solidify a new, mutually beneficial relationship between Saudi Kingdom and Niger state.

“The recognition and honour done to the governor is a milestone achievement that will not only fast-track the actualisation of the several pacts already signed for the development of the state, but also bring in several other allies and critical partners of the Saudis for potential business collaborations in various sectors,” he said.

In the Muslim world, the Ka’aba is widely believed to be the first house of worship for mankind.

He said, “The Holy Ka’aba holds a great significance in the hearts of Muslims around the world as they visit the Ka’aba annually to perform the pilgrimage.”