The opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari was said to be the target of the
second bomb attack in the northern city of Kaduna on Wednesday
but escaped unhurt, an official said.
Buhari, who also led Nigeria as a military head of state in the
1980s, “was the target” of the bombing in the Kawo area of the
city, said Ahmed Maiyaki, the spokesman for Kaduna’s governor.
Eye witnesses said the attack had targeted former Head of State
and opposition leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Two vehicles in the convoy of the All Progressives Party (APC)
chieftain were burnt in the blast.
The commissioner confirmed that Buhari was passing through the
road when the blast occurred, but was not sure if the politician
was “the main target”.
Buhari’s bullet-proof jeep was sprayed with bullets, but he
Buhari came runner-up to President Goodluck Jonathan in
Nigeria’s 2011 election and is a leading member of the new
opposition mega-party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He is among the favourites to emerge as the APC’s presidential
candidate in polls set for next year.
Boko Haram Islamists, who have been blamed for the twin
bombings in Kaduna on Wednesday that killed at least 42 people,
have made direct threats on Buhari’s life.
Islamist leader Abubakar Shekau has branded him a traitor to
Islam for accepting democratic rule.