I Escaped Shi’ite Sect Members’ Attack Only By The Will Of God – Buratai

TY BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai Monday recounted his close shave with death at the weekend in Zaria, Kaduna State when his convoy was attacked by suspected members of the Shi’ite sect.

The convoy of the COAS was attacked after pleas by a detachment of soldiers for the sect members to remove the blockade they mounted on the highway was rebuffed.

The refusal of the Shi’ite sect members to clear the road for Buratai’s convoy to pass, resulted in the loss of many lives as the soldiers reportedly opened fire on them.

Speaking during an interview with newsmen shortly after he appeared alongside other Service Chiefs before the Senate committee on Defence, the army chief insisted that the Shi’ite members were violent, saying he escaped by the will of God.

“You want to know how I escaped? It was by the will of God that I was able to escape from that place”, he said.

When asked to give his account of the attack, he said: “I think NTA was there and they aired the clip, it was very clear. They were violent. Definitely this is very clear. The clips are there. That was what happened”.

Lt.-Gen. Buratai also urged Nigerians to be law abiding, saying “nobody should take the law into his hands”.

Also speaking on the issue, the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Muhammad Dan-Ali (rtd), said the Federal government has commenced investigation into the matter.


  1. the lord is with you sir. what army did to them is too small. they would have killed them like 8000 so that next time the will learn a lesson. they are the boko haram. on their mind they want to kill General.