There was pulpable panic last Friday at a prayer ground in Abuja as residents feared for the life of President Muhammadu Buhari following his narrow escape from a mob action after prayers to mark the end of Muslims traditional 30days fasting,
Buhari had during and immediately after the prayers been bombarded by the youths who almost overwhelmed the security, but he had to hold tight to his gown to get to his car.
But responding to the incident when a delegation of the Muslim community in the Federal Capital territory, FCT paid him Eid-el Fitri homage at the villa , the President said his safety and security was in the hand of God and not mere mortals.
He told his guests that during the encounter he was advised to enter the car from the ADC side and he refused adding that he went across trying to hold his hand to the wild youths who wanted to see him.
“On an occasion like this, it shows that after what happened to President Ronald Reagan of the USA, it is only God almighty that 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 that 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,” Buhari added.
He thanked the delegation for coming to celebrate with him at Sallah, saying “I thank you most sincerely for fulfilling the tradition of greetings for whoever occupies this place. I thank you very much for you loyalty to the country, as represented by our institutions and to the system.
“Please convey my thanks and happy Sallah to all your families and relatives back,he said.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during the event said that the homage was a demonstration of the expectation for all religious faith to live together in unity and peace and stressed the current administration is conscious that the main business of government is to protect lives and properties.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Obinna Chukwu, who led the delegation, said he led the team in line with the tradition of paying homage.
“We are here also to congratulate both you and Vice President. FCT is the center of excellence and we promote unity that is why you have here the Muslim and Christian faithful,” he said.
Among those who attended the homage include Chief Imam on National Mosque, Abuja, delegation of Christian clerics, Head of Civil of the Federation, Chief Justice of the Federation and Service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police.