President Muhammadu Buhari has recalled the assassination attempt on his life in 2014, in northwestern Kaduna State.
The president recalled the incident while commissioning the Kawo bridge where the assassination attempt took place on Thursday, January 20, 2022.
He said God protected him and others.
Narrating the 2014 incident in which a bomb explosion damaged his vehicle, the president said the bombers had trailed his vehicle from the secretariat at Ali Akilu road in Kaduna.
He described how his security team tried to evade the alleged terrorists but said they got too desperate and struck before the Kawo bridge.
“They wanted to blow it when we arrived at the secretariat but my escorts somehow stopped them.
“But before we got to the bridge, they became desperate and there was a small market here and so they exploded the device but God protected us and here I am again,” he said.
Speaking directly to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the president said, “Remarkably, you became my governor, I don’t think I had any input. And Zainab, she became my minister of finance.
“I didn’t know she came from the gentleman I used to respect and go to his house. This is a fabulous coincidence.”