Buhari Plans Secret Visit To Maiduguri To Avoid Imminent Protest, Boos Over His Poor Performance
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari secretly plans to visit Maiduguri, the capital of Borno this week, SaharaReporters has learnt.
Borno is the epicentre of insurgency war in Nigeria.
A source in the Presidency told SaharaReporters that the planned visit is deliberately kept a secret because it is believed that the President will attract protests in the troubled state.
Borno and adjoining states have been at the end of incessant deadly attacks by terrorist groups–Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), and many residents have grown frustrated with the Buhari government.
Ahead of his election in 2015, Buhari promised to defeat Boko Haram but six years into his government, that promise has not been fulfilled.
Borno is a stronghold of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), which won presidential elections in the state in 2015 and 2019.
“Buhari has a secret plan to visit Maiduguri this week but they don’t want to announce it to prevent a situation whereby protesters in Maiduguri will embarrass him,” the source said.
Protesters in February 2020 booed Buhari when he travelled to Maiduguri to “sympathise” with its residents over recent Boko Haram attacks.
A video circulated on social media showed hundreds of protesters on the road while the president’s convoy drove past.
“Buhari, we don’t like you. We don’t want you anymore,” some of the protesters chanted in Hausa.
On Saturday, June 12, there were protests in many states across the country, with protesters chanting ‘Buhari Must Go’, and lamenting worsening insecurity, poor living standard and other vital indices of national growth.
Buhari’s planned visit to Borno may be part of an alleged strategy developed by the Presidency for the President to leave the Presidential Villa, where he had been holed up for so long, a bit more, considering his dwindling popularity.
Last Thursday, the President was on Arise TV where he granted an interview.
He was also in Lagos to inaugurate the newly constructed Lagos-Ibadan Railway project.
And on Friday, he granted another interview to NTA, though as usual, making controversial statements in both interviews.
13-year-old AK 47 wielding boy arrested for killing two bandits
A 13-year-old boy, trained by bandits to use AK 47 rifle, has been arrested by Katsina Police Command, for killing two bandits in the forest.
Abdulkarim Mati, the minor, was an errand boy to bandit leader, Ardo Nashaware, who resides in Birnin Magaji forest, Zamfara State according to Gambo Isah the spokesman for the Katsina police command.
The Police spokesperson on Saturday said the 13-year-old fled the forest where he allegedly killed the bandits and officers arrested him at his hideout.
According to Isah, Mati said he was taken away by bandits from his parents under the guise that he would assist in rearing cows for his masters.
Rather, he was trained how to operate AK-47 rifles and serve as a guard for kidnap victims.
“The boy, who demonstrated skills in handling AK-47, also confessed to have been bullied by some elderly bandits, who provoked him, and as a result, picked an AK-47 rifle and shot dead two of the elderly bandits,” Isah said.
Meanwhile, the command has arrested two suspected bandits said to be terrorising the Batsari Local Government Area of the state.
The men Ibrahim Lawal, 45, of Kabobi village; and Mamman Shu’aibu, 39, of Garin Runji Fulani settlement, in the Batsari Local Government Area were arrested on Wednesday.
Lawan and Shu’aibu were described as notorious bandits cattle rustlers and members of a syndicate that kidnaps for ransom in the council and nearby communities.
Cholera Outbreak Kills 37 In Bauchi
The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has said the death toll from the outbreak of Cholera recorded in the state is now 37.
Cholera is triggered by the infection and inflammation of the digestive system. Symptoms can include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
The Chairman of BSPHDA, Rilwanu Mohammed, stated that the infection has spread from 13 to 15 local government areas in the state.
According to him, 1,799 cases were recorded between May 25 and when the current report was compiled.
He said the affected LGAs included Bauchi; Darazo; Dass; Giade; Ganjuwa; Jama’are; Misau; Ningi; Shira; Tafawa; Balewa; Warji; Alkaleri; Kirfi, Shira, and Zaki.
“The LGAs with the highest number of cases are Bauchi 1,334, Toro 165, Ningi 91 and Dass 60,” he said.
He said the agency has continued to deploy drugs and other medical material to all general hospitals in the state.
The chairman also said the state’s rapid response was deploying all measures to curtail the further spread.
He asked the general public to practise environmental and personal hygiene and report all cases to the nearest health facilities.