…Says, “There was attempt to bomb me near the bridge.”
…“Can’t hide excitement over new face of Kaduna.”
…Restates likely stay back in Kaduna after office.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, in Kaduna, recalled with nostalgia how he narrowly escaped being bombed near the Kawo Bridge, while travelling to Katsina State, in July, 2014.
Buhari, who was at the newly-constructed Kawo Bridge executed by the El-Rufai administration, made the remark, while stressing that, “There was an attempt to bomb me here; there was a market nearby, but my security escorts were vigilant.”
The Kawo Bridge was a project many said had became a cynosure, which had attracted many tourists to Kaduna since its completion.
As part of the visit to Kaduna, President Muhammadu Buhari also commissioned the Ultra Modern Sports and Shopping Complex at Murtala Square, Kaduna, where he reiterated the likelihood of his staying in Kaduna after leaving office.
Speaking, while commissioning the project, the President commended the “foresight and developmental strides” of the El-Rufai administration, pointing out that Kaduna would be difficult for a long time visitor to recognize.
Earlier, President Buhari, who arrived Kaduna Wednesday night, was in Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna, where he appreciated the numerous projects he commissioned and thanked the governor for building good roads and other infrastructural projects in rural parts of the state.
Buhari and his entourage, led by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, were expected to be in Zaria in continuation of the projects commissioning.
The President’s visit to Kaduna – his state of residence after retirement from the military – is expected to end on Friday.