Man arrested over rushing to ‘touch’ Buhari in kebbi

There was a dramatic twist to the visit of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ) , to Kebbi State on Thursday as a man attempted to jump at him .

However , security operatives moved in quickly to stop him from reaching the President .

A video trending online showed the unidentified man rushing at Buhari in a location where the President and other personalities appeared to be set to inspect some agricultural produce on display .

But , his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu , told journalists that the man was “ unusually excited ” on sighting Buhari and wanted to touch him .

“ I was told that somebody was trying to reach the President out of excitement .

And he didn’ t know the security implications of that approach.

“ People who where there, our photographers; that was what they told us , ” Shehu stated when he was contacted last night .

The spokesman added that he was not at the venue himself and could not give an eyewitness account .

Buhari had visited Kebbi State on Thursday to attend the opening ceremonies of the Argungu Agricultural and Fishing Festival.

The festival , usually held annually , had been suspended in the last 11 years, owing to security challenges in the North.

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