President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday asked the people of Borno State to support the military and security agencies to stop the carnage by Boko Haram.The President had arrived Maiduguri International Airport from Ethiopia at about 1:30pm to condole with the people of Borno state over last Sunday’s attacks where 30 persons were reported to have been killed.
Also during the attack yet to be specified number of people, mostly women and children, were abducted with 18 trucks and houses razed.
While sympathizing with victims of insurgency at Shehu’s Palace, the President called on Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, for the people to cooperate with military and other security agencies in fighting Boko Haram insurgency.
Even though, he refused to shake hands with some of the traditional rulers that came to welcome him at airport, he, however, 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 in other states of Yobe and Adamawa.
Buhari later proceeded to Government House, Maiduguri for his lunch and prayers and subsequently took his flight to Abuja, by 3.30pm.
Governor Babagana Zulum at the airport and Shehu’s palace, urged the President to deploy troops to Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.
He said the insurgents launch their attacks from the forests and
region hideouts, including some of the caves at Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area.
Contrary to the expectations of public that the president was in town to visit Auno, the visit was cancelled.
The cancellation of the visit, according to security sources at Government House, may not be unconnected to his refusal to shake some of the traditional rulers after his arrival at airport.
“There is no need to go to Auno, as the President’s visit to Borno;
was to condole victims and people of the state,” said Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the President