Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has accused opposition politicians, apparently the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of hiring and paying miscreants to boo the president in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
President Buhari flew to Maiduguri for a condolence visit following the gruesome attack on commuters by Boko Haram terrorist group at Auno village, few kilometers away from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State.
The gruesome attack by the sect led to the death of over 30 persons and the abduction of many women and children.
Buhari who made an emergency visit to the state on Wednesday was booed by residents of Maiduguri who were apparently disappointed with the insecurity situation. The people of the state had given Buhari over 90% of their votes because they trusted in him as a retired military general to end Boko Haram attacks on them.
Speaking on what happened, how the people of Maiduguri who loved Buhari so much turned back to boo him, Mr. Shehu who spoke during an interview with BBC Hausa Service in Abuja on Thursday said some politicians organized miscreants and paid them to boo President Buhari.
“I was part of the delegation that entered Maiduguri right from the airport to the palace of the Shehu of Borno. The people came out to say thank you and welcomed us.
“But there was a group which came out shouting ‘we don’t want.’ I also heard those saying ‘we don’t want. Maybe “some politicians gathered some miscreants and paid them money to boo (President) Buhari,” the presidential aide said.
Shehu noted that the Buhari administration has demonstrated capacity to fight Boko Haram and would change strategy in dealing with the recent problems.
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