Residents of Borno in the North Eastern part of Nigeria on Wednesday booed President Muhammadu Buhari when he travelled to Maiduguri to “sympathise” with them over the recent attack on Auno by Boko Haram terrorist who killed over 30 persons.
A video which circulated on social media showed hundreds of residents on the road chanting in Hausa “Buhari, we don’t like you. We don’t want you anymore,” while the president’s convoy drove past.
Borno State, including Maiduguri, is a stronghold of Mr Buhari’s APC which overwhelmingly won the elections in the state in 2015 and 2019.
The worsening security situation in the state appears, however, to be turning the residents against the president who enjoyed tremendous support there.
Buhari travelled to the state directly from Addis Ababa where he went for an African Union programme.
“He is paying a sympathy visit to the government and people of Borno following the recent horrific incident in which BH terrorists killed several travelers,” Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari’s spokesperson wrote.
Mr Shehu made reference to the recent Boko Haram attack in Auno where over 30 travellers were killed by Boko Haram after their vehicles were stopped from entering Maiduguri after 5:00 p.m by soldiers.
Earlier reports had indicated the governor’s disenchantment for the military over the way they were handling the war, saying, “We have made repeated plea to the military to re-establish a base in Auno since it is one of the flashpoints of the Boko Haram, but nothing has been done to that effect.”
On Wednesday, the president was accompanied by the defence minister, the National Security Adviser, the governors of Imo and Cross River states, Hope Uzodimma and Ben Ayade, and other federal government officials.
Mr Buhari was immediately driven into Maiduguri town amidst tight security mounted by the army and the police.
During the visit, Mr Buhari told the Maiduguri residents that his government was committed to improving the security in Borno State.
“I assure you that improvement in security will be pursued vigorously,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by Garba Shehu.