Residents of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria’s Borno state booed President Muhammadu Buhari’s convoy as he arrived for a “sympathy visit” on Wednesday following an attack in the area that left 30 people dead.
Militants burnt travellers to death while they were sleeping in their vehicles during an overnight stop in the nearby village of Auno on Tuesday.
A video shared online shows youths shouting “Ba ma so” which is Hausa for “we don’t want” at the presidential convoy.
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President Buhari flew straight to Maiduguri on Wednesday from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, where he has been on a state visit.
After reportedly meeting with residents and local government officials in Borno state, President Buhari tweeted his “assurance” to all Nigerians that security improvements were under way.
Nigerian media reported that residents said they were tired of promises made by the government and wanted action to stop the attacks.
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
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