Buhari’s Booing: Presidency Speaks On Likely Sponsors


The presidency has opened up on the booing of President Muhammadu Buhari by residents of Maiduguri, Borno State on Wednesday.

Buhari was in Maiduguri on Wednesday to sympathise with the people and government of Borno after Boko Haram terrorists killed 30 people at Auno village.

During the visit, residents of Maiduguri lined up the streets to boo the president as his convoy drove past.

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But the presidency has accused opposition politicians of sponsoring thugs to carry out the dastard act to score cheap political gain.

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity told the BBC Hausa service on Thursday that he was part of the delegation that entered Maiduguri right from the airport to the Palace of the Shehu of Borno, saying that the people came out to welcome the president.

According to him, there was a group which came out shouting ‘we don’t want,’ saying that maybe “some politicians gathered some miscreants and paid them money to boo Buhari.”

The presidential aide said whoever recorded the booing incident and shared it on social media did not do justice to the people of Borno State whom he said had a reputation for welcoming guests.

Shehu also said it was not possible to satisfy everyone since no human being was god, especially in a city like Maiduguri which has a population of four to five million people.

Speaking with the BBC Hausa Service,  Sheu said that the administration of Buhari had demonstrated the capacity to fight Boko Haram.


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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.


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