Unic Press UK: In Borno State, northeast region of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari was booed Wednesday during his condolence visit to the State over the killing of more than thirty people on Sunday night along a major motorway at Auno town, Borno State, by terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram, several news outfits in Nigeria reported.
It is estimated that at least 40,000 people might have been killed by the terrorist group, with more than two million displaced from their ancestral homes in the northeast region, and hundreds – including women and children – abducted/held in captivity in Boko Haram hideouts. It is therefore very unclear how the Buhari-led administration would rout the Boko Haram given the ferocity at which this terror group has been operating under his watch.
During his visit to commiserate with the families of the dead as well as the government/people of Borno, President Buhari reiterated his administration’s commitment to protect the lives of Nigerians, describing the action of the terrorists as “cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people”.
“The commitment of this administration to protect the lives of Nigerians will not be derailed by the cowardly and indiscriminate violence against innocent people by Boko Haram terrorists.”
More knocks for Buhari as Boko Haram attacked shortly after his visit.
Meanwhile, the terror group struck again in Maiduguri, Borno State, causing yet again intense embarrassment to the authorities as this attack Wednesday happened a few hours after President Buhari’s condolence visit to Borno.
In a report Wednesday, Nigeria-based news organisations – Premium Times, Daily Post, and several others – narrated the attack. According to Premium Times, the peace of the residents at Jiddari Polo precincts of the capital city of Borno was breached at about 1900 hrs, forcing the people to flee their homes for safety.
“Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was thrown into confusion on Wednesday evening as suspected Boko Haram members launched an attack on the city few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari visited. At about 7 p.m., residents of Jiddari Polo, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, began to flee into the city centre through Polo and Damboa road as the terrorists attacked. The shooting rented the air for nearly an hour forcing the residents to flee their homes. The shooting continued as the insurgents set some houses ablaze”, the Premium Times reported, citing a leader of a vigilante group in the area, Ba’Bulama Jiddari.