President Muhammadu Buhari has narrated how he narrowly escaped being bombed near the Kawo bridge in Kaduna while travelling to Katsina in July 2014.
The president made this known while inaugurating the bridge on Thursday.
Buhari is on a two-day official visit to Kaduna, where he is inaugurating some projects executed by the Nasir El-Rufai administration in the state.
“They wanted to blow me (up). But my escort somehow stopped them. Before we came to this bridge, they became so desperate and there was a small market or something like that here.
“They exploded the device (bomb). God protected us and here I am again. Thank you very much, Your Excellency, and remarkably, you became my governor. I don’t think I have any input (in your becoming the governor).
“Zainab Ahmed also became my minister of finance. I didn’t know she is a daughter of a gentleman I respect and go to his house. This is a fabulous coincidence and I thank God for it. Therefore, I have taken your loyalty for granted,” Buhari said.
Speaking while commissioning the project, the president lauded the foresight and developmental strides of the El-Rufai administration, pointing out that Kaduna would be difficult for a long-time visitor to recognise.