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Kaduna Bomb Attack: Buhari Explains How Kwankwaso’s SUV Saved His Life

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Abdullahi Abubakar
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FCT, Abuja — President Muhammadu Buhari has recounted how he was attacked in Kaduna State, in 2014 a year before the election.

As he escaped unhurt in the explosion that occurred at the busy Kawo market area of the city, the president said a vehicle which Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso gave him helped him survived the attack.

At the time of the attack, three of his security aids got injured, and were immediately rushed to the hospital.

Photo : Daily Trust

Daily Trust reported that one of the aids said the bomber, drove in a Toyota Sienna vehicle, rammed into Buhari’s convoy and detonated the explosive-laden vehicle.

As he (Buhari) escaped the attack, his Toyota Land Cruiser, and another one behind it were badly damaged.

The blast, which the president narrowly escaped in July 2014, killed over 80 people, as reported by Premium times.

Buhari In his documentary titled ‘Essential Muhammadu Buhari’, narrated that he was going to Kano from Kaduna in that jeep and a vehicle wanted to overtake them, but his escort stopped them and they detonated the bomb.

“I think Kwankwaso was being generous. He gave me an armoured Land Rover vehicle.

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“He said I should use it because he believed the competition I was going on involved people who would like to eliminate me.

“I was going to Kano from Kaduna in that jeep and a vehicle wanted to overtake us, but my escort stopped them, and they detonated the bomb.

“When I looked, I saw pieces of human beings. None of us in the vehicle were injured. But somehow I saw blood on me because of the number of people killed outside by the bomb,” Buhari said.


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