The Presidency has denied reports making the round on social media that President Muhammadu Buhari was attacked in Argungu, Kebbi State on Thursday.
In a video that went round last night, a young man was seen rushing towards the president at Argungu Fishing Festival in the state.
However, in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, he said the young man had only attempted to greet the president at a closed range but was prevented by security officials.
“As the President went round the arena to inspect rice pyramids on display, and take photographs with farmers, a young man was so very excited to see his President so close. He made an attempt to get to him.
”World over, such would not be allowed by security details. The young man was prevented, and he protested that he should be allowed to greet his President.
”Now, professional contortionists are making mischief of the event. They are passing the video clip off on social media as an attempt to attack the President.
”Malicious people always twist things to give a negative narrative. But they simply dash their heads against the wall. The country moves on,” the statement said.
Argungu Agricultural Fair is part of activities at the 60th Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival, which is a UNESCO World Heritage event.