President Mohammed Buhari may have jettisoned his sallah celebration in Daura, Katsina State, after escaping attack by unidentified armed group, near Daura, his country home.
Instead, the President has departed for Dakar, Senegal to attend the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit.
Buhari is traveling in a week that Nigeria is faced with daunting security challenges. First was the terrorists attack on his convoy of cars, carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media personnel ahead of his scheduled trip to Daura for Sallah, which left two persons injured on July 5, 2022.
Witnesses said that a protocol officer from the presidency and a woman were the two persons that sustained injuries in the attack. Others claimed that there was fatalities.
And later that July 5, 2022, Nigerians were kept awake, when news filtered in that Kuje Prison in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory was under attack by terrorists, who invaded the facility in their hundreds.
The invaders who later identified themselves as the Islamic State in West African Province, ISWAP, launched ferocious attack on the so-called Correctional Center that Tuesday night, deploying bombs, Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG). In the process, they freed over 600 prisoners, and all Boko Haram Fighters held at the poorly built facility, without any resistance.
Six inmates and one security personnel were reported to have been killed during the attack.
Worried about the safety of the president and others, the Katsina Emirate Council was forced to cancel the annual Eid-ul-Adha royal exhibition festival after the deadly attack on Buhari’s Convoy.
Katsina, President Buhari state, is the epicenter of terrorists and bandits.
The celebration has to be forcefully scaled down to Eid prayers in the mosque on Saturday July 9, 2022.
According to statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari is expected back to Nigeria, today, July 7, 2022, but it’s uncertain if he will join his kinsmen and the Emir of Katsina Emerate for the Eid prayers.
“If he must travel to Katsina, he will have to fly and avoid a repeat of the unfortunate attack on our colleagues last Tuesday.” A source revealed to Midwest Herald.