Insurgency: Buhari Tasks Borno Monarchs
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari arrived Maiduguri International
Airport from Ethiopia in the afternoon; to condole people of Borno
state over last Sunday’s attacks.
The attacks in Auno claimed the lives of over 10 people with the
torching of 18 trucks and vehicles, while three buses were also
snatched; full of passengers, including women and children towards
While sympathizing with victims of insurgency at Shehu’s palace, he
called on Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi
for people to cooperate with military and other security agencies in
fighting Boko Haram insurgency.
Even though, he refused to shake some of traditional rulers that
welcomed him at airport by 1.30pm, he 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.
With that brief advice to Borno monarchs, Buhari proceeded to
Government House, Maiduguri for his lunch and prayers to take 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 and affected communities, the
President however cancelled the visit to Auno.
The cancellation 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.