PMB: I’ve survived battles, amid petrol scarcity, currency swap debacle

PMB: I’ve survived battles, amid petrol scarcity, currency swap debacle


President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he has survived many battles during the Nigerian Civil war and undergone some personal challenges in life.

But he brushed aside the confusion caused by persistent scarcity and hike in pump prices of petrol nationwide and debacle over old Naira swap redesigned currency notes by the Central Banks of Nigeria (CBN) when he Emir of Daura, Faruk Umar Faruk in Katrina State.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina in a statement on Friday, quoted Buhari as saying that the destiny of man, Country and the world remains in the hands of God.

“For the President of Nigeria, at this time, to come from Daura is the grace and mercy of God,” he said this after commissioning some projects in Katsina State.

The president stated that he secured his first job early after school to manage a co-operative in Daura, but had to escape and join the army when there was pressure that he should get married.

“I told Governor Aminu Bello Masari the story of how I left Daura to join the army. That was how God planned it. We make choices in life, but eventually destiny is before God.

“I was at the war front during the civil war, and saw how many died. Some fell right beside me. God kept me.

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“Many bridges were blown just before we arrived at some places, and after we crossed. I arrived at some places to see bodies of my own colleagues that we were fighting together. I am alive today only by God’s grace,” according to Buhari.

He also noted that the Daura Emirate and community gained international recognition by divine purpose, not man’s efforts.

He further assured the Emirate that he would return and settle down in Daura, after handing over on May 29, 2023.

“The Emir has spoken extensively and I don’t have much to add. I have three of my classmates that are here today in the Emirate Council.

“I also hear of how the Emir has been giving recognitions and titles to my staff and family members. I am grateful for all the support,” he stated.

Earlier, the Emir of Daura noted that the survival of the President when his car was bombed in 2014 was a divine act, which happened shortly before he won elections in 2015.

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