goat during his just-concluded two-day official visit to
The goat was said to have been presented to Buhari by
an elderly lady, Egbon Grace, who is a member of the
All Progressives Congress in Ward 7, Oredo Local
Government Area of Edo State.
A government official told journalists on the condition of
anonymity on Wednesday that the lady said she had
longed to meet the President to show her admiration for
“his selfless lifestyle and passion to liberate the
The official said opportunity came for the lady on
Monday when Buhari inaugurated the ultra-modern
Samuel Ogbemudia College in Benin City.
“Lady Grace braced the odds and came all the way with
her surprise gift to Mr. President which she had kept in
waiting for the special occasion.
“She tore through the thick crowd, making her way
straight to the President who at the time had finished
the official engagement and was heading for his waiting
“Many in the crowd got emotional seeing the elderly
lady pull through the crowd with the goat, determined to
make a presentation to the President,” the source said.
The source added that Governor Adams Oshiomhole
who noticed the security cordon between the lady and
the President, alighted from the President’s convoy to
receive the goat on behalf of the President.
He said Grace later had an opportunity to interact
briefly with Buhari and the Governor.
She was said to have thanked the President for
accepting the gift which was handed over to protocol
In his remarks on behalf of the President, Oshiomhole
commended Grace for her kind gesture