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VIDEO: Borno residents boo Buhari in Maiduguri during sympathy visit

Residents of Borno State, on Wednesday, February 12, have booed the President Muhammadu Buhari as his convoy drove through Maiduguri, the state capital.

Recall that, at least 18 vehicles comprising trailers, buses, and cars were said to have been burnt by the insurgents, who laid siege on their village about 9.50 pm on Sunday.

Buhari, upon returning from a five-day trip to Ethiopia for an African Union summit, paid a condolence visit to the Borno State, following a Boko Haram attack.

 He 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.

 Buhari was immediately driven into Maiduguri town amidst tight security mounted by the army and the police.

The president also visited the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi.

Though Buhari and his aides had repeatedly told Nigerians that Boko Haram was defeated, the terrorists killed 30 and abducted several women and children in a raid last Sunday.

The attack reportedly targeted the village of Auno on a key highway, linking Maiduguri.

At least 18 vehicles comprising trailers, buses, and cars were said to have been burnt by the insurgents, who laid siege on their village about 9.50 pm on Sunday.

In viral videos on Twitter, residents, including children, could be seen expressing their disapproval as the President’s convoy drove past.

They could be heard chanting, “Bama yi! Bama so! (We don’t want! We are not doing!)”

One user said, Mansur Ahmed, said, “Kai, not so good for Mr Integrity @MBuhari. These people are not asking for too much, are they @NigeriaGov?”

Similarly, @SGezee, stated, “From this video here the power is really angry.”

Abubakar Mohammed also said, “We have to express our opinion because we want justice.”

Adamu Sadiq noted, “Our eyes are open. Now, this is a clear warning to the leaders (that) they should better take note.”

Mr Buhari has been known to be popular in Borno State.

In the last Presidential election, Buhari had his widest margin of victory in Borno State, where he polled 836,496 votes out of 955,205 votes that were cast, which constitutes a margin of over 85 per cent.

His closest rival, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party scored 71,788 votes.

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Abdullahi Hammed

Abdullahi Hammed was born in Kano State, Nigeria. A journalist by profession for the past five years. He Studied Mass Communication at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State. Contact: [email protected]

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