There was a mild drama yesterday as President Buhari touched down in Maiduguri After his returning from Ethiopia where residents of Bulumkutu at the airport roundabout Protested against his visit saying “Bamu so, bamu so ziyarka Buhari” meaning “we don’t want your visit.” They said the president’s visit was belated, after the loss of many lives and property in previous attacks and bombings in the state.
The President was in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, yesterday to sympathise with the people of Borno over the recent killings that took place that claims many lives.
The president thereafter visited Governor Babagana Zulum over the killing of the 30 people by terrorists. Buhari departed Abuja last Friday to attend the 33rd Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
While sympathising with the victims of insurgency at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, Buhari urged the monarch and his people to cooperate with the military and other security agencies in fighting Boko Haram. He blamed the continuing terror and insecurity in Borno State and its environs on the community leaders.
“Boko Haram cannot come up to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally, the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas,” he said. President Buhari promised more proactive and decisive measures to put an end to the menace in the country once and for all. He noted that intelligence sharing between law enforcement agencies and the civil populace was critical towards achieving the objectives.
“I call on the leadership at various levels to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens. I assure you that improvement in security will be pursued vigorously. The military will work harder and strategise with tactics to deal with the insurgents. This is, however, not possible without good intelligence and cooperation with local community leaders.
“We will do our best and I hope history will be kind to us; to recall what was on the ground when we came and what will be on the ground when we leave,” he added, the president who refused to shake some of the traditional rulers that welcomed him at the airport by 1:30 p.m., said: “The cooperation of your people with our troops and other security agencies by providing credible information could end insurgency not only in Borno but other states of Yobe and Adamawa.”
Buhari later proceeded to the Government House, Maiduguri for his lunch and prayers, and later took his flight to Abuja by 3:30 p.m.Governor Babagana Zulum, at the airport and Shehu’s palace urged the president to deploy more troops to Boko Haram hideouts in the Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.
He said the insurgents launched their attacks from the forests and other hideouts, including some of the caves at Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area.
Contrary to the expectations of the affected communities, Buhari cancelled his planned visit to Auno.“There is no need to go to Auno, as the president’s visit to Borno was to condole with the victims and people of the state,” Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president said.
Meanwhile, eleven members of the same the family were locked up and burnt in their house in Kaduna yesterday by armed bandits who invaded their Bakali Village in Fatika district of Giwa Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the 11 victims were among 21 residents of the village who lost their lives to the unprovoked attack during which the gunmen set houses ablaze.
The attack came barely three days after suspected Boko Haram insurgent’s invaded Auno Village in Borno State, killing 30 people and destroying 18 vehicles.
Inhabitants who confided in Urban Express News correspondent on phone said the gunmen stormed the village around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and operated for two hours.
“The Bandits were shooting sporadically, In the process, they came to our house and set it ablaze, with 11 people inside.
All 11 people were members of my family. They included three women and eight children, who were wives and children of my three younger brothers.
“They also killed two of my uncles. While on the bush path, we discovered four other bodies burnt to death. They equally killed two imams, one of them was my neighbour and a close friend.“We just performed the funeral prayer for the victims this afternoon (Wednesday). Initially, it was 20 bodies that we buried".