The President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 12; told the residents of Borno State that the reason in the recent proliferation of Boko Haram attacks is due to the tacit support granted to the insurgents by some locals.
Buhari, who was on a visit to the state; in order to sympathise with the government and people of the state over the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack which claimed many lives at Auno in Konduga Local Government Area, noted that the fight against insurgency could not be achieved without good intelligence and support of the people.
He said, “Boko Haram or whatever they are cannot come to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing; the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas.
“With my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up to this end.
“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces; I campaigned in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues which include security as you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secured.
“We are working for you in this country; as Commander-in-Chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is an improvement in security.
“I urge the people of the state to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies; let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens and encourage displaced people to go back to their land.”
Meanwhile, during the visit, a crowd of Borno residents on Wednesday booed the president.
In viral videos on Twitter, residents, including children; were seen expressing their disapproval as the President’s convoy drove past the state capital, Maiduguri.
They were heard chanting, “Bama yi! Bama so! (We don’t want! We are not doing!)”
Others also chanted in Hausa “Buhari, we don’t like you. We don’t want you anymore.”
President Buhari on Wednesday returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; where he attended the 33rd summit of the African Union (AU) and also made the Northeastern state his first port of call.