President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he joined the Nigerian army where he retired as a Major General, to escape the pressure of getting married.
The President revealed this during a visit to the Emir of Daura, Faruk Faruk, after inaugurating two roads in Katsina state.
Buhari said this in a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
The statement is titled ‘God has been kind to me; I survived many battles – President Buhari.’
The statement reads, “President Buhari said that he secured his first job early after school to manage a co-operative in Daura, but had to escape and join the army when there was pressure that he should get married.
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“I told Governor Aminu Masari the story of how I left Daura to join the army. That was how God planned it. We make choices in life, but eventually destiny is before God.
“I was at the war front during the civil war, and saw how many died. Some fell right beside me. God kept me.
“Many bridges were blown just before we arrived at some places, and after we crossed. I arrived at some places to see bodies of my own colleagues that we were fighting together. I am alive today only by God’s grace.
“This opportunity to serve the nation comes from God. All over the world, Nigeria is known for its diversity, with different religions and cultures.
“We are also known because we have a huge population of millions of people. For the President of Nigeria, at this time, to come from Daura is the grace and mercy of God.”
Buhari also assured the emirate that he would return and settle in Daura after handing over on May 29, 2023.