Buhari’s convoy bombed in Kaduna, 3 aides injured

FILE PHOTO: Buhari attacked by Boko Haram

The retired general survived the attack

The convoy of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, was caught in the second explosion that rocked Kaduna on Wednesday, witnesses, his party, and close aides have said.

While Mr. Buhari escaped unhurt in the explosion that occurred at the busy Kawo market area of the city, three of his security aides were injured and rushed to hospital.

A close aide of Mr. Buhari said the bomber, who drove in a Toyota Sienna vehicle, rammed into the general’s convoy and detonated the explosive-laden vehicle.

He said the opposition leader survived the attack, but his vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, and another one behind it were badly damaged.

“The General survived and he has already been evacuated in a Golf Volkswagen vehicle‎,” he said.

He also said Mr. Buhari’s damaged vehicle was towed away by emergency workers.

The spokesperson of Mr. Buhari’s All Progressive Congress, [APC], Lai Mohammed, said the explosion was targeted at the former head of state.

“Yes, his convoy was attacked,” Mr. Mohammed said in response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiry. “He narrowly escaped but some of his aides were hurt. The General is ok, but perhaps traumatised.”

A loyalist of Mr. Buhari, Rotimi Fashakin, said the former head of state was on his way to his home town – Daura in neighbouring Katsina state – when he was trailed by the bomber and attacked.

“I’m sure political Boko Haram are behind the attack,” Mr. Fashakin said. “General Buhari was the target of the attack.”

The leader of a pro-Buhari pressure group, The Buhari Vanguard, Jasper Azuatalam, said the former Nigerian leader was possibly attacked over his recent criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Recall that two days ago, Gen Muhammadu Buhari issued a statement warning President Jonathan and his government on their attempt to muscle the opposition and endanger Nigeria,” Mr. Azuatalam said. “The Presidency raised an eyebrow to the statement.”

The Kaduna state command of the Nigeria Police could not be reached to comment on the bombing involving Mr. Buhari.

The mobile telephone of the command’s spokesperson, Aminu Lawan, was switched off the numerous times this newspaper called.

The police had earlier put the death toll in the first explosion along Alkali road at 25.

Governor Muktar Yero has announced a 24 hour curfew in Kaduna metropolis.


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  • New naija

    Hymmmm the more you look the less you see. But there is God.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP president Ebele Jonathan joker-card of labelling opposition APC political party as Boko Haram insurgents political party has failed openly to the surprise of the PDP evil plot hawks.Because,if APC is Boko Haram political party as constantly claimed by Ebele Jonathan,PDP -Olisa Metuh and Jonathan-paid-ethnic bigots internet rovers in this forum how could Boko Haram attempt to assassinate its own leader?Shame on PDP president Ebele Jonathan and his South-South/East ethnic-bigots.Your political gimmick for 2015 polls has back-fired.

    • Ojukwu Chukwudi

      Azazi has already told us who are boko harams? Where is Ali Sherriff now? Who gave him power to land in closed airport? You don’t need to be told who are boko haram. I think October bombing is clear evidence, and Obasanjo’s letter is gradually manifesting, but be rest asure this government may not last to 2015.

      • Onike24

        May God let it last oh! Because these people will take up arms. The irony is that the south south for whom we campaigned so hard for are now doing worse exactly if not more than what the Northerners!

    • Patrick Ebeleike

      You call your self a doctor and this is your reasoning. It is beter and more plausible that this will come from your side more than the Presidents side. Why would Jonathan want this? He can beat Buhari in any election in Nigeria. Buhari has never won anything never will. For you to accuse any body else other than your killing machines up there in the north is mind bugling. Trash, ignorant and useless talk from a so called doctor. No wonder APC is loosing elections everywhere even in your backyard fake doc.

      • NwaMbaise

        I am so ashamed that this so -called dr is a Canadian. Has he not thought that maybe, Boko Haram struck because their source of finance is under check and they are let loose on just anybody?

    • eBusinesz

      I dont expect less of what you have said. Ok BH issue now has labels. I see from ur statements to imply some Nigerians are more superior!!! I wish BH got this attention when they were bombing churches and worship centres from this so called northern elites. lets keep praying for the power of evil secrecy to fall in Nija

    • redeem

      APC is the armed wing of boko haram–period–all these bombings were stage managed by APC to enable them use the event to score cheap politcal points-u call some internet users ethnic what bigots abi? – But not so when u abuse the president–call him all sorts of unprintable names-such as DUMBO–CLUELESS–DRUNKARD–DRUNKEN SAILOR FISHER MAN-OTUOKE DOG-And when we respond to yr regional insults on d president-u recoil into the holes where u hide to design yr tribal marks-So what name do u give to yourself–Omolanke internet warrior abi? Are u not from Ondo state where late Gani also hails from-and even lost his LGA to Obasanjo during the 2003 elections? Dont u know that the Ijaws in the south south-have their kit and kins the arigbo ijaws in Ondo -Ekiti ati Lagos? So where is the ethnic bigot thing coming from–Seems u do not know yr Yoruba history very well- Show us one person from their ijaw tribe who was made governor-or offered scholarship to study abroad- during the era- of Awo–One who was made commissoner by the government of APC in the West-from Arigbo ijaw who was appointed to clean the shoes of even stateless people like tinubu-separation is the answer-Jonathan is not a triblaist–that is why he is yet to offer any serious appointment or oil contracts for ijaws from his state-None has benefitted from his rule-unlike buhari–ati Obasanjo–animals

      • djay

        Gen Azazi,the NSA Pdp led govt Killed, has made it clear that PDP is the originator of Bokoharam. so u can’t deceive us. Nigerians are wiser

        • Onike24

          Also he was an Ijaw man

  • Enyinnaya Marley

    I can see the new Nigeria movies in our government of PDP AND APC. Now i had discovered that there’s Boko Haram in this nation…Let our leaders tells us whom is Boko Haram from speeches of Mr. Buhari

  • Where is Deri o Redeem watever

    where is DERI or Redeem or What ever you call your self?
    Pls tell your Brothers in South South aka Political-BOKO-Haram (MEND) to stop killing Innocent soul.
    we are in Democracy the vote counts and stop taking innocent people lives.

  • Zigziggy

    Please people, please stop this suspicious assumptions that this attack on the General was done by Govt or some other politicians, the attackers are no other but BH, they had previously in their video threatened the General and a host of others – lets work base on facts please, that is the only way we can concentrate our effort and deal with this monster. We just need to fight BH ideology so that we can starve them of new recruits and hopefully change the minds of some of the current members of this evil organisation. We need to mount a massive anti-BH ideology campaign across the North, targeting the masses via Imams. Remember, many preachers that preached against BH and their Ideology have been murdered by them, and may have survived if the whole populace was behind them.
    For the other people that wrongly believe that the General is complicit in BH – I pray that you soon see what BH truly is and rather profess ways to deal with it objectively, as Nigeria is not the first country with misguided Islamic Terrorist problems. For those that want to use this mess as a Political tool, may the Almighty guide you.

    • Onike24

      But doesn’t GEJ claim that APC and Buhari are Boko Haram

  • Dorcas

    Jonathan and his PDP blood suckers… God will deal with you!

    • redeem

      Major General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

      Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

      The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

      While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

      According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

      “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to win their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win elections by force.

      “After the elections were over, they asked the boys to return the guns; the boys refused to return the guns. Because of that, the allowance that was being given to the youths by the governors during that time was

      • Shehu

        YOU LACK POINTS, SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD!!!!

    • djay

      Pdp has brought evil unto our land

      • redeem

        what did buhari- ibb ati abacha bring–was buhari not around when Nadeco PEOPLE were bombed in lagos–when protesters were gunned down at Yaba-bus stop

        • djay

          what u don’t understand is that with information at everybody’s disposal u can’t deceive Nigerians anymore. keep trying as hard as u can Nigerians understands the facts available. Pdp is bokoharam full stop

          • Onike24

            Thank you please tell the nuisance. Enough will soon be enough

        • Shehu

          SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD!!!!

        • Ide4u

          I gave up on you when you said Buhari ruled Nigeria for three years. Since then, your brain has been on downward spiral. Oil pollution has really finished you!!!

    • redeem

      so buhari who executed people from the South–there with abacha when kudirat was assassinated is not a blood suck-abi-who went about sleeping with the wife of late Sam Mbakwe-under the pretext that he was helping to effect the releaseof her husband-is not–

      • Dorcas

        Good to know that you admitted that your principal is now killing people.

      • Shehu

        REDEEM SAM MBAKWE!!! YOU LACK POINTS, SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD!!!!

      • Dahiru

        I wounder which kind of person you are???

  • redeem

    Who is going to believe that boko haram bombed buharis convey—these are issues that even a child would take with a grain of salt-The janjaweeds faked it up–to win the sympathy of the almajiris in the North-did their target miss Kudirat abiola-ati abiola himself–what was he doing in that area—in the first place–how can the people of kaduna gather to share rice and tuwo chinkafa-aware of the ongoing boko haram war-soon some animals will come here to allege that Jonathan wanted to kill buhari–who has no electable value in Nigeria-except in the eyes of the political agberos in APC

    • Tonnero

      So APC killed 25 people in order to “fake” a bombing? The ominous signs are there. OBJ mentioned a list of 1000 persons. Azazi died after he said BH members were from PDP. Despite the awesome firepower in the hands of the FGN, BH is still roaming freely and attacking from NE to NW to SW (Lagos) and SE (IMO State). In addition, all of the bigwigs so far arrested are from PDP. I have no answers but I do have questions.

    • Shehu

      YOU LACK POINTS. SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD

    • Dahiru

      You are really deaf and blind.

  • NwaMbaise

    Too bad. Nobody should be killed this way, whether GMB or Talakawas like
    us. BTW, I thought GMB is man of the people, why does he need a bullet
    proof SUV? I thought they claim he has nothing, stole nothing, or maybe
    that car valued at $1million was a sallah gift from his friend,
    former… and now… You know who I mean.

    • Pastor Jones

      ISLAMIC JIHAD AND THE CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA….

      The 80 million Christian community. They need to put on their thinking caps. They appear too naive. They assume that they are still dealing with the emollient Muslims in Nigeria in the past. They do not understand the type of Islamic Jihad now underway in Nigeria. Muslim leaders being targeted are those the Jihadists consider opposed to the ongoing Islamic Jihad. This Jihadist ideology actually has two prongs aimed at Christians.

      One, all Christians are deemed as infidels to be killed at will unless each Christian accepts and converts to Islam. Two, no Christian will be allowed to hold the office of Governor or President in Nigeria forever. That means no Christian will ever be permitted to head the army, the navy or the air-force in Islamic Nigeria. That is the meaning of the Jihad underway. It is a Jihad being fought militarily (by Boko Haram) and politically by Islamist politicians. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Nigerian Christians have a hell of a battle on their hands. They have a war on two fronts to fight. To survive it and remain alive they must defeat the Jihadists on these two fronts.

      • Dahiru

        Will you provide evidence/reference on your postulation that your population is 80 million???

  • eBusinesz

    APC is really a joking opposition. Hope they will now provide their own master plan of how BH will be solved, or they just want to grab power to do what with it?

    • redeem

      Major General Muhammadu Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

      Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

      The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

      While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

      According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

      “What happened is that the governors of the Niger Delta region at that time wanted to win their elections. So they recruited the youths and gave them guns and bullets and used them against their opponents to win elections by force.

      “After the elections were over, they asked the boys to return the guns; the boys refused to return the guns. Because of that, the allowance that was being given to the youths by the governors during that time was

      • redeem

        Above is the statement by buhari whom APC alleged Jonathan hired boko haram to assassinate in Kaduna for u-Yestrday APC showed Oby as a victim of the eveil plan of Jonathan–today its Buhari–the next day–it would be Amaechi–u hardly see or hear them orgamize events that would enable them sell their janjaweed islamic ideas-All they they is to set up these types of satanic events-with blood flowing everyswhere-to deceive 9jas–to attarct our sympathy-Until jonathan picks up courage to sack dasuki–gusau–ati IGP-the boko haram war will continue—members of boko haram are fulanis these men including buhari is a fulani–fulanis never attack fellow fulanis–its a taboo–so why this –wayo man die wayo bury am-animals

        • Shehu

          SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD

          • akpos1

            …and your own brain don rotten. Nonsense!
            Why did over 50 die in first attack against the poor, and then only 3 INJURED in the attack against the rich? No be the same bombs them use? The plot and deception here is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf and perhaps to the dead…But as ur brain don rotten so, you no fit decipher. Orhue!

          • Dahiru

            @akpos1 You guys are sick and need to see psychology’s for proper rehabilitation. We are talking of insecurity while your blind minded sentimental attitudes will never stop leading you to destruction.

          • akpos1

            …nd you nko? Your deaf minded vampiremental attitudes will never stop leading you to destruction. Orhue!

          • Shehu

            POINTLESS JUST LIKE YOUR BROTHER REDEEM. SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD!!!

        • Issei

          Bhuto assassinated in Pakistan while campaigning.president musharaf is prison answring charges of conspiracy to commit murder,everyday for the thief but surely a day will come when the owner will catch the thief.

      • Shehu

        SAME STUFF YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. YOUR BRAIN IS DEAD!

  • allfsanni

    People ride nice cars on Nigeria roads with no marked white
    lanes for drivers to keep to when driving. This shows how Nigeria is a lawless
    society.

    Their leaders keep trying to struggle for power to be close
    to where the money is without relaxing to think of improving the poverty level
    by investing money they already grabbed in economic development of their
    suffering people.

    They result to keep to power by killing, medically,
    manually, by witchcraft, by religious and tribal division. Instead of bringing
    the people together in economic development.

    The poor people run into victims of death and bear the brunt
    of the sufferings. Hence their countries are stuck in underdevelopments. There is no
    help plan for the suffering people. The peoples’ money grabbers are rich
    driving nice cars and the poor are suffering walking on roads with no sidewalks.

    Even no good roads with marked lanes and no sidewalks is
    built or been planned to be built for people to walk on sidewalks built with
    concrete pavement in countries that care for the people.

    Hence those struggling to keep on keeping on in the leadership
    circle will continue to kill themselves secretly or openly until Almighty God
    say stop to these evils as the Almighty put a stop to Pharaoh of Egypt in
    Ancient times killing of innocent people.

  • uduakomiri

    Boko Haram seems smarter than Nigerians are willing to admit. This is definitely a set-up. The Boko Haram must have attacked Buhari so as to make it look like the government was responsible. The Islamist group is now embarking on some kind of psychological warfare. It has already won the propaganda war against the Nigerian government because most Nigerians prefer to believe any information from Boko Haram rather than Nigerian government or even the military. The government has been dishonest with information and details on the insurgency thus making it easier for most Nigerians to fall for Boko Haram’s disinformation.
    As such having won the propaganda war, the Islamists are able to create doubt within the rank and file of Nigerian military thus translating into a demoralised military whose officers and personnel already believe they are up against a more superior force. If only the government had managed information the way it should this would not have happened.
    Now the Islamists are upping the game with possible targeted assassinations of government critics and opposition figures so as to further weaken the Nigerian government. If Buhari had been killed in this attack, it would have caused an outbreak of violent attacks against southerners in the north, this would cause reprisal attacks in the south and the already struggling Nigerian military would be pushed to intervene in the riots thus diverting assets and resources from the insurgency. In turn, Boko Haram would have had more time to pick and choose strategic targets to attack with relative resistance.
    If this scenario is what is intended by the Islamists (an almost certain possibility) then we have a real problem in our hands. Boko Haram seem to dedicate more time at implementing real time strategy because agreeing to attack Buhari must have been put into place as a matter of days. Considering the logistics and planning required, the group is optimizing its resources and personnel.
    The Nigerian government must rethink its approach to the insurgency. These Islamists are not after all a bunch of illiterates and drug addicts who lack intellect as erroneously assumed. Our government is losing this war because it has failed to study its enemy and try to understand who and what it is up against. The moment we do this, we could be on the threshold of a total annihilation of Boko Haram.
    But then the presidency is busy picking up fights with anybody that disagrees with it to even think straight.

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