According to President Muhammadu Buhari, he joined the Nigerian army and eventually retired as a Major General because of pressure to get married.
After opening two highways in the state of Katsina, the President paid a visit to the Emir of Daura, Faruk Faruk, and disclosed this.
Femi Adesina, a presidential aide, further revealed that during the visit, Buhari emphasized the length of the Nigerian Civil War and some of his own personal struggles.
The statement read;
“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.
“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 promised the emirate that after leaving office on May 29, 2023, he would come back and stay in Daura.