President Buhari escapes crowd at the Eid prayer ground


buhari_crowd-300x200It was a very jo­vial President Mu­hammadu Buhari at the traditional Sallah homage paid by residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that narrated how he narrow­ly escaped being mobbed yesterday at the Eid prayer ground in Abuja.

This is even as he admit­ted that with the youths surging forward towards his convoy, it was clear that, the heavy security around him notwithstand­ing, only God guarantees protection and not mere mortals.

The delegation was led by the Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Obinna Chuk­wu. Recalling his experi­ence earlier at the prayer ground located on the Air­port Road during the Eid-el-Fitri prayers the Presi­dent said some youths who were desperate to catch a glimpse of him almost overwhelmed security op­eratives protecting him.

Amid laughter, Buhari told his guests how he had to hold tight to his flowing gown (agbada) and quickly rushed into his car.

He added that with what happened to Presi­dent Ronald Reagan of the United States, it was clear that only God can protect leaders.

He said anybody armed with a sharp knife could have caused havoc in that kind of riotous situation.

Buhari said, “I thank you most sincerely for fulfill­ing the tradition of greet­ings for whoever occupies this place. I thank you very much for your loyalty to the country, as represented by our institutions and to the system.

“Today, during and im­mediately after the prayers, I think I was bombarded by the youth who almost over­whelmed the security, and I had to hold tight to my gown to get to my car.

“I was advised to enter the car from the ADC side and I refused. I went across trying to wave to the wild youth who wanted to see me.

“On an occasion like this, it shows that after what happened to Presi­dent Ronald Reagan, it is only God Almighty who 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 twho were deployed and soldiers 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.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who also joined the delegation commended the President for giving an enabling environment for people of different faiths to co-exist in the country.

While assuring that the Buhari’s government will leave a country where the children and grandchildren will be proud, he said the President was fulfilling his electoral promise that no religion would be given undue advantage over oth­ers under him.

Osinbajo assured Nige­rians that they would soon be enjoying the good of the nation that will be made possible by this adminis­tration.

“Our country is one with a great potential. We should contribute our quo­ta to its development and in no time, we will see a great change. All of us will enjoy this nation. Even our children and grandchildren will enjoy the good of the land,” he said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Chukwu, urged all Nigeri­ans to be their neighbours’ keepers and continue to work for the peace of the country.

He said he led the del­egation to pledge their unalloyed support, loyalty and commitment to the President and his adminis­tration.

He later presented Sal­lah gifts which included a giant greeting card, a photo frame and a mat designed in the national colours.

Top government offi­cials, members of the Na­tional Assembly, National Security Adviser, Service Chiefs, Christian and Is­lamic Clerics as well as presidential aides were among the delegation.


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