President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), inaugurated projects executed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai during his two-day official visit to Kaduna State on Thursday amidst tight security.
The President who flew in from Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of the state, landed at the rebuilt multi-purpose Murtala Mohammed Square at exactly 11.45am where he inaugurated the complex.
Also, while inaugurating the Kawo bridge, the President recalled how he was almost bombed near the bridge while travelling to Katsina in July 2014.
Buhari said, “They wanted to blow me up. But my escort somehow stopped them. Before we came to this bridge, they became so desperate and there was a small market or something like that here.
“They exploded the device (bomb). God protected us and here I am again. Thank you very much, Your Excellency, and remarkably, you became my governor. I don’t think I have any input in your becoming the governor.
“Zainab Ahmed also became my minister of finance. I didn’t know she is a daughter of a gentleman I respect and go to his house. This is a fabulous coincidence and I thank God for it. Therefore, I have taken your loyalty for granted.”
Earlier, while inaugurating the ultra-modern sports and shopping complex at the Murtala Square Kaduna, the President poured encomiums on el-Rufai, saying that the governor was writing his name in “history in letters of gold” because of the laudable projects executed under his urban renewal programme in the state.