- Yobe state residents have taken self-imposed leave to welcome President Buhari on his campaign visit
- The residents said the one-day leave would afford them the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the president while in the state
- Ahead of the president's visit, security operatives have been deployed to all strategic locations in the metropolis
Some residents in Damaturu, Yobe state have taken a day leave to receive President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) who is on a presidential campaign visit to the Yobe capital on Monday, January 21.
The residents, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, January 21, said the one-day leave would afford them the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the president while in the state.
Alhaji Aliyu Mustapha, a provision seller at Bayan Tasha Business Centre, said he had locked his shop until after the president’s visit.
“I am going to the main road where he will be passing through so that I can catch a glimpse of the president,” he said.
Habu Habibu, an electric materials dealer, said: “Today we are on a self-declared holiday to welcome the president until after the visit. Everyone on our street has closed his shop to welcome the president; we are so proud of him to have restored relative peace to the Northeast."
Mohammed AbdulRahman of Zanna Zakariya Housing Estate, said: "We will support and re-elect Buhari for a second term for providing more dividends of democracy."
Meanwhile, security operatives have been deployed to all strategic locations in the metropolis to ensure safety and peace throughout the visit.
NAN reports that there was no official declaration of a public holiday by the state government, but most of the state civil servants have not been to work, while most schools and business centres are closed.
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Some streets were cleaned, while the Damaturu Stadium, the venue of the campaign, was given a face-lift as part of the preparation for the president’s visit.
Meanwhile Legit.ng previously reported the government of Borno state, on Sunday, January 20, declared Monday, January 21, a public holiday to enable the government and residents welcome President Buhari who would be visiting with his campaign train.
Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is seeking re-election and would be going to Borno to campaign.
The government declared the one-day public holiday to “enable all the good people of Borno state, including workers in both the public and private sectors as well as students to, as usual, troop out in large numbers to welcome Mr President to the state.”
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