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How I narrowly escaped bomb attack in 2014 – Buhari

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 .Commissions projects during working visit to Kaduna

.Reiterate resolve to consolidate political system

Amid tight security, the President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated projects executed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai during his two-day official visit to Kaduna State on Thursday.

The President who flew in from Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state, landed at the rebuilt multi-purpose Murtala Mohammed Square at exactly 11.45am where he inaugurated the complex.

the President  inaugurated the 800-metre long flyover in Kawo, Kaduna State, recounting how he narrowly escaped a targeted bomb attack in the vicinity in 2014.

Reminiscing on the unfortunate incident, which claimed the lives of many innocent Nigerians, the President said he remains grateful to God for sparing his life on that fateful day on Ali Akilu road, Kawo-Kaduna.

”For many years, I always plied this route and I cannot recount how many times I crossed it.

”There was an attempt on my life on this road. Nothing happened to me just like the 30 months I spent during the civil war.

”They wanted to blow up the vehicle I was in around the secretariat but my escort somehow stopped them. But before we came to this bridge (Kawo), they became more desperate and there was a small market in the area where the device exploded.

”But God protected us and here I am again,’’ he said.

The President, who also inaugurated the newly remodelled Murtala Mohammed Square, 136-bed Infectious Disease Hospital, LEA Lokoja Road Primary School, Rigasa, Aliyu Makama road and the Leventis underpass, executed by the State government, praised Governor Nasir El-Rufai for completing people-oriented projects in Kaduna metropolis as well as in other senatorial zones in the State .

At the Murtala Square, the new city centre of Kaduna State, President Buhari while admiring the remodelled edifice, recalled that he was constrained by family challenges to relocate from Daura to Kaduna after he was released from detention as a former military Head of State.

”I can hardly find my way in Kaduna due to the development taking place here and the governor has committed himself to change Kaduna for good and has been very successful at that, and Nigerians are appreciative that you are writing your history in letters of gold, ” he said.

In the metropolis, the President also commissioned the Barbedos fertilizer plant, a private sector investment in the State.

Speaking at the LEA Lokoja Primary School, the Governor said the project has now been renamed ‘‘Buhari mega-primary school.”

He noted that the people of Rigasa have been consistent in giving President Buhari 98 percent of their votes in previous presidential elections.

”They are the most committed Buharists in the country,” he said.

 

Earlier, while inaugurating the ultra-modern sports and shopping complex at the Murtala Square Kaduna, the President poured encomiums on el-Rufai, saying that the governor was writing his name in “history in letters of gold” because of the laudable projects executed under his urban renewal programme in the state.

According to the President, though he is from Daura, in Katsina State, there is a likelihood of staying in Kaduna after he must have left office in 2023.

Buhari praised el-Rufai saying that he had done well in transforming the state beyond recognition.

Meanwhile, the President has made a pledge to the people of Kafanchan in Southern Kaduna that there was a possibility of establishing an Air Force base in the area to fortify the security in the southern part of the state.

Buhari stated this at the palace of the Emir of Jema’a,  Alhaji Muhammadu Isa Muhammadu, shortly after the official inauguration of four township roads constructed by the Kaduna State Government in Kafanchan town.

The President also said the government would look into the possibility of modernising the Kafanchan railway station to boost rail and commercial activities in the area.

The Emir, who commended the President and governor for ensuring peace, security and infrastructural development in his domain, said Kafanchan, had for ages been known as a commercial centre of repute in southern Kaduna.

The monarch also requested an Air Force base in Kafanchan to strengthen the present security network in the area.

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