By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has said he would have been dead by now if he had not listened to Kano State Former Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Buhari in a 50 minutes’ documentary titled ‘Essential Muhammadu Buhari’, aired on Sunday said been admonished Kwankwaso that those who did not want him to get the power might make him a subject of brutal attacks.
The president insinuated that he could have lost his life by now if he had not listened to Kwankwaso
He also revealed how an armoured vehicle gifted to him by former Kano Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, saved his life in attack that killed 80 people in Kaduna State.
Before the bomb blasts, Buhari recalled, “I think Kwankwaso was being generous; he gave me an armoured Land Rover vehicle,” the president narrated to Nigerians in the documentary. “He said I should use it because he believed the competition I was going into involved people who would like to eliminate me.”
He continued: “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 during the 2014 electioneering before winning the election in 2015 had narrowly escaped fatal bomb blasts that killed dozens in the Kawo area of Kaduna, using the armoured vehicle gifted to him b Kwankwaso, a former Defence Minister and currently the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
Over 80 civilians were reported to have died in the twin bomb blasts that Mr Buhari, then a presidential aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC), survived on 23 July, 2014
In a statement after the incident, however, Buhari declared that it was an assassination attempt and narrated how the suicide bomber tried to carry out the deadly assignment.