By Shuaibu Zubair Tatu ,Birnin Kebbi
Mr president alleged attacker Malam Muhammad Jamilu Gundare ,has apologised for bridge of protocol to shake a hand with President Muhammadu Buhari saying that his action was pure love for the president not to attacked him.
Jamilu-Gundare, the man reported to have attacked President Muhammadu Buhari during the ongoing Agric Show at Argungu in Kebbi State, says he merely wanted to shake the hand of his hero.
“But I am sorry for the disturbances I caused, I admitted it was a breach of protocol out of emotional love for the person whom I believed to have been the most integrity nurtured, honest, incorruptible and right driven ,I dismissed media reports on Thursday alleging that I attack the president.
” I am 30 years old , married seven months a go , a graduate of Public Administration from Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto, made an attempt to have a hand shake with Buhari shortly after the agric show.
Addressing newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, Jamilu-Guddare said: “Yesterday (March 12) was a difficult day for me as a graduate of Public Administration who graduated with Second Class Upper, three points away from First Class, to take a risk to attempt to get the attention of Mr President despite the heavy army of security personnel and architecture in the venue.
“But I am sorry for the disturbances I caused, I admitted it was a breach of protocol out of emotional love for the person whom I believed to have been the most integrity nurtured, honest, incorruptible and right driven.
“Nobody in Nigeria and wider world has ever caution the consistency, integrity, honesty and righteousness of Mr President on either national issue or personal life.
“No one has ever questioned whether national resources, material resources have ever been squandered under his watch or by him. This is the reason, prerequisite, instinct and values that carried my heart to Mr President.”
Jamilu-Guddare assured that even if he had died yesterday he was happy to have met and achieved ambition of meeting the president one-on-one.
“Let me make it clear to the general public that I have not done so to secure a job and I am fulfilled to have achieved my mission of meeting the President one-on-one,” he said.
He commended official of DSS for taking good care of him instead of maltreating him over the action , saying that he has real respect for governor Bagudu who he known in 2010 during the public hearing on the conational amendment.
On his part, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “Jamilu is just a young man who is very passionate about Mr president and from what you can see this is a gentleman who has followed Mr President’s political career from day one but breached protocol pure and simple yesterday.”
Mohammed regretted all the stories flying that Jamilu-Guddare was trying to attack Mr President, saying that such stories are actually false.
“Even the story that he has been shot by the police is false. He just wanted to see Mr President and commend him of what he has been doing, the only mistake he had was he breached the protocol,” the minister noted.
Similarly, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State said that Jamilu was an ardent Buharist who was yesterday in an exuberant attempt to greet Mr President, but was mistaken about the breach of protocol.
Bagudu while presenting a book written on Buhari to Guddare described him as an ‘Ardent Buharist”. “His exuberant attempt to greet the President was mistaken and against protocol and it created the wrong atmosphere”, Bagudu said.
“It created the wrong atmosphere but I am glad you have all heard from him and quite honoured to meet him and assured him I and Minister will inform Mr President and beg him to grant an audience to Jamilu to visit him and shake hand with him,” he assured.