Femi Adesina Denies Alleged Attack on Buhari, blames Contortionists


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Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on media and publicity to President Buhari has debunked rumours that his boss was nearly attacked by an unknown assailant at the Argungu Fishing Festival in Kebbi on Thursday.

A video had circulated on Social Media showing President Buhari in what appeared to be a photoshoot with some eminent personalities in the state.

Shortly thereafter, a young man in a black native wear, rushed forward and attempted to grab President Buhari’s hand before he was tackled to the floor by security agents attached to the President.

See the Video Here:

Reacting to the video, most Nigerians wondered why security agents attached to the President allowed the man get so close.

Femi Adesina, the president’s aide however came out swinging and swiftly denied that there was an attempted attack.

According to the aide, the young man was excited to see his President in person and wanted to take pictures with him too.

He said further that malicious people twisted the narrative that it was an attempted attack on the president.

Read the full text of his Press Release below:

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Kebbi State Thursday to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival. It was the first time the international tourism event would hold in eleven years, as security considerations had rendered it impracticable.
As the President went round the arena to inspect rice pyramids on display, and take photographs with farmers, a young man was so very excited to see his President so close. He made an attempt to get to him.
World over, such would not be allowed by security details. The young man was prevented, and he protested that he should be allowed to greet his President. Now, professional contortionists are making mischief of the event. They are passing the video clip off on social media as an attempt to attack the President.
Malicious people always twist things to give a negative narrative. But they simply dash their heads against the wall. The country moves on.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)

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