The First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, yesterday explained why she decided to travel from Kaduna to Abuja by train on Thursday rather than taking the routine flight.

Pictures of the First Lady sitting in one of the cabins of the Kaduna to Abuja rail line were all over the media yesterday morning, leaving many who are conversant with presidential travels to wonder why.

Providing an explanation into the circumstances responsible for the First Lady joining the train, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullahi, said she did it to encourage patronage of the railway service system in the country.

Abdullahi, who explained that the First Lady intended to interact with ordinary Nigerians while on the journey, also planned to show Nigerians that traveling by rail is safe and effective, adding that it also showed that she is proud of the achievements of her husband’s administration.

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