- A coalition has called for an apology for President Buhari by the governor of Borno state and his aides
- The coalition said the governor made an attempt to embarrass the president during his visit to Borno state
- According to the coalition, it is impossible for the same Borno people who voted massively for the president to turn their backs on President Buhari
Hours after President Muhammadu Buhari accused in Borno state leaders of failing to cooperate with his administration in the fight against terrorism in the northeast, a group has alleged that the state governor and his aides also have questions to answer in that regard.
At a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, February 13, the Borno Coalition for Justice (BCJ) said Babagana Zulum and his aides made an attempt to embarrass President Buhari.
The coalition described the incident that occurred during the president's visit as “despicable plot at embarrassing President Buhari by aides of Borno Governor” said the gesture is “cowardly and insensitive and evidence of the governor's hatred towards the president".
The convener of the group, Mohammed Ali, said President Buhari enjoys demigod status in the state owing to his giant strides which date back to his military days.
"The attention of Borno Coalition for Justice has been drawn to the despicable attempt at embarrassing President Muhammdu Buhari, who visited Borno State for a condolence visit in the aftermath of the Boko Haram attack in Auno recently," Ali said.
Ali said it is impossible for the same people to turn their backs on him.
"The Borno Coalition for Justice is indeed by the display of hypocrisy by the government of Borno state for allowing street urchins under the sponsorship of aides and advisers of the Governor throw tantrums at the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari," Ali said.
He advised Zulum to call his political aides to order and go a step further by tendering an unreserved apology to the president.
Ali, however, pleaded with President Buhari not to be perturbed and continue his drastic approach to insecurity by declaring a state of emergency on the state.
He alleged that it is no longer a hidden secret that the political godfather of the Governor of Borno state has been interested in one of the highest offices in the country and he has indeed set out machinery towards actualizing this in ways too numerous to mention.
"We also wish to state that the hatred towards President Muhammadu Buhari must stop henceforth as it would serve no purpose in the long run because the people of Borno State sees in President Muhammadu Buhari a revered idol," he said.
He said the Borno state governor must realize that "the street urchins that they paid to cause an embarrassment to President Muhammadu Buhari would one day constitute themselves into a nuisance in the state."
He urged the governor and his aides to tender an unreserved apology to President Muhammadu Buhari.
"The elders of Borno State must also lead a delegation from the state to apologize to President Muhammadu Buhari for this act of ingratitude and, indeed, a show of shame," the group said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has called on the president to declare a state of emergency in Borno state.
The call by the centre is on the heels of growing killings in the state with the recent one in Auno community in the state.
CALSER's convener, Princess Ajibola, condemned the renewed spate of insurgents attacks in Borno.
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