Since the beginning of the trekking craze in the country, about 10 individuals have taken up the trend and trekked over varying distance for various reasons.
A 30-year old man, who carried out a trek of his own was on Monday, May 18, 2015 rewarded with a car, a title and a cash reward of N250,000.
The man, Ibrahim Mai Riga (alias Kawulala) trekked from Jalingo, the Taraba State capital to Maiduguri, The Borno State capital in order to appreciate the Nigerian military for liberating his hometown, Gwoza from the hands of Boko Haram insurgents who had taken over the town.Kawulala he decided to do the “thank you trek” as he narrowly escaped death when the insurgents attacked the town before naming it the headquarters of its “caliphate.”
On hand to receive him after completing the 800kilometer trek was the GOC of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, in company of other officers.
Next was a visit to the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammadu Idrissa Timta, who honoured Kawulala with the title of ‘Sarkin Tafiya’ (Master Trekker).
The Emir said: “We are proud of you because your trek is symbolic and opens the way for our people that fled to various locations within Nigeria and neighbouring countries to return.”
Also receiving Kawulala was the Deputy Governor of Borno State Zannah Umar Mustapha, who gave him a Peugeot 406 car and N250,000.