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Governors mark Saudi Arabia national day in Kano


Gaidam (middle) flanked by Bagudu (left); Hafeez, Alghamdi, Abubakar, Wakkala among other dignitaries.

Saudi Arabia was decked green — the color of its flag at the weekend in celebration of the country’s 87th National Day, which held on Saturday.

In Nigeria, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and his Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi and Zamfara states counterparts all gathered in Kano, where they congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and its leadership for the celebrations.

Speaking at a ceremony organised by the Saudi Consulate in Kano on Saturday, Gaidam said the Saudi National Day celebrations “offer opportunity for deep reflection on the milestones that have been achieved by the Kingdom and for the review of the historic cultural ties between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.”


Gaidam, who travelled down memory lane to situate relations between the old Kanem Borno empire, comprising present day Borno and Yobe states, with Saudi Arabia, said relations between both countries should continue to wax stronger. “We should continue to diversify and strengthen these relations for the mutual benefit of our countries”, he said.

An Independence Cake to mark the day was jointly cut by the Vice Consul-General of the Saudi Consulate, Mr. Yousef Ibrahem Alghamdi and dignitaries, including Gaidam, Kano deputy governor, Prof. Hafeez, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State and the deputy governor of Zamafara State, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala.

The Vice Consul-General of the Saudi Consulate, Mr. Yousef Ibrahem Alghamdi, said relations between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia has been growing for many years and will get even stronger in the years ahead.

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