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Only God Can Protect Me, Says Buhari

Posted: Jul 18, 2015 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  As jubilant youths breach security, Mob President At Prayer Ground

By Chesa Chesa,  Abuja 


President Buhari on Friday celebrated the Eid-el-Fitr Islamic festival in Abuja, where he was almost mobbed by ecstatic worshippers who breached security and protocol in a bid to catch a glimpse of him.

The incident happened at the prayer ground along Abuja Airport Road, as security arrangements were almost overwhelmed by the jubilant youths.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

This happened just as female suicide bombers reportedly killed several people at an Eid prayer ground in Damaturu, Yobe state.

Buhari relived his experience hours later at the Aso Rock Villa when he hosted a delegation of Abuja residents who came to pay him the traditional sallah homage.

The delegation was led by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, Obinna Chukwu, with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, in attendance.

Addressing members of the delegation, the President thanked them for their “loyalty to the country, as represented by our institutions and to the system”.

He then recalled that “today, during and immediately after the prayers, I think I was bombarded by the youths who almost overwhelmed the security.

“I had to hold tight to my gown to get to my car, and I was advised to enter the car from the ADC’s side and I refused. I went across trying to wave my hand to the wild youths who wanted to see me.

“On an occasion like this, it shows that after what happened to President Ronald Reagan of the USA, it is only God almighty that protects leaders; because in a mob like this, anybody with a sharp knife can get access and do a lot of damage.

“So, all the policemen and soldiers that were deployed since six o’ clock in the morning before I came out two hours later in the rains, cannot protect you; only God protects. I hope God will continue to protect us.”

Buhari then congratulated members of the delegation who had the privilege of meeting him and shaking hands with him at the Presidential Villa without hassles.

According to him: “I congratulate you for the privilege you have which is only you residents of the FCT that have the privilege to come and meet me and shake hands with me and take picture with me, other Nigerians are envious of you if you don’t know it.”

The President was presented with a giant Sallah greeting card by the delegation, which also included the John Cardinal Onayeiakan of the Catholic Church; Senator Philip Aduda; Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; and former army chief Abdurahman Dambazzau, among others.