Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has been booed by some residents of Maiduguri, the main city in the northern state of Borno – a day after 30 people were killed, many of them motorists burnt to death, in an attack nearby by Islamist militants.
Most of the victims were travellers who had been sleeping in their vehicles overnight on Tuesday during a stop in Auno, a town on a major highway in Borno.
President Buhari flew straight to Maiduguri on Wednesday from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, where he had been on a state visit.
But residents say they are tired of promises and want action to stop the attacks, Nigeria’s media report.
The president came to pay his condolences but a video, shared online, shows young people shouting “ba ma so”, which is Hausa for “we don’t want”, at the presidential convoy:
Buhari was booed in Maiduguri today.
1 year after he and Yakubu of INEC wrote 1million votes for themselves.
You can rig the numbers, but you can’t succeed as President with a mandate the people did not freely give you.
Buhari failed his first term, he is still failing today. pic.twitter.com/10GDvtqwSs
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) February 12, 2020
After reportedly meeting residents and Borno officials, President Buhari tweeted his “assurance” to all Nigerians that security improvements were under way:
I assure all Nigerians that we are taking steps to ensure improvement in security, nationwide. In Borno the military will work harder to deal with the insurgents. I am also appealing to community leaders and the populace to give our troops the intelligence and cooperation needed. pic.twitter.com/EKUGL0k6ik
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) February 12, 2020