VIDEO: Confusion over “attack” on Buhari in Kebbi. Presidency disputes account

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

President Muhammadu Buhari might have survived an assassination attempt or at least an attack in Kebbi state, a video sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington seems to show, but the presidency has disputed the account.

The suspect reportedly attempted to stab the Nigerian leader but was quickly stopped before he could strike.

There are still many unanswered questions and circumstances around the chaotic scene remain murky.

But in a statement President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman Femi Adesina said the President was in Kebbi State Thursday to declare open the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival when the incident happened.

He said the President was not attacked but “a young man was so very excited to see his President so close. He made an attempt to get to him”.

“It was the first time the international tourism event would hold in eleven years, as security considerations had rendered it impracticable.

“As the President went round the arena to inspect rice pyramids on display, and take photographs with farmers, a young man was so very excited to see his President so close. He made an attempt to get to him.

“World over, such would not be allowed by security details. The young man was prevented, and he protested that he should be allowed to greet his President. Now, professional contortionists are making mischief of the event. They are passing the video clip off on social media as an attempt to attack the President.

“Malicious people always twist things to give a negative narrative. But they simply dash their heads against the wall. The country moves on,” he said.

Simon Ateba

Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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