– President Muhammadu Buhari recently went back memory lane to when he was the military governor of the defunct North Eastern state, present day North east region in Nigeria
– The president recalled to his audience, how he doused the tension in the region following the assassination of the then head of state, late General Murtala Muhammed
– Buhari was speaking at the 40th memorial lecture in honour of Late General Muhammed at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja
President Muhammed Buhari on Saturday, February 13, held his audience spell-bound as he narrated the aftermath of the assassination of Nigeria’s late military ruler, Genreral Murtala Muhammed, especially in his domain as the then military governor of the defunct North Eastern state, present day North east region in Nigeria.
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Speaking at the 40th memorial lecture in honour of Late General Muhammed at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, organised by the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, Buhari told the audience how he doused the tension in his domain after the incident.
He said: ”Gen. Danjuma called me and said: ‘Mohammed, where are you?
”I said, in the office sir.
”He said, ‘do you know what is happening?’
”I said ‘where?’ He said in Lagos. He said the Head of State had left his house and was driving his car to the office then around the secretariat, there was shooting.
”I said they must have murdered him. And he said, ‘do something.”
According to the president, he rallied troops in Maiduguri and Yola to avoid a breakdown of law and order, adding that since it was a Friday, he had to go to the Mosque in mufti, a decision he said, helped to douse the tension that had built up over happenings in Lagos, which was then the country’s capital.
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Watch the video below for the president’s narration
Post from Naij.com