Fact check: Did Borno residents boo Buhari over Boko Haram attacks?

Fact check: Did Borno residents boo Buhari over Boko Haram attacks?

- A video showing Borno residents as they booed the convoy of President Buhari on Wednesday, February 12, has been circulating online

- The authenticity of the video has been confirmed by a Nigerian news media

- The newspaper, however, reports that some Borno residents claimed it was not the president being booed but the service chiefs who were in his convoy

President Muhammadu Buhari was in Borno state on Wednesday, February 12, for a sympathy visit following the recent killing of travellers by Boko Haram terrorists in the state.

Shortly after the visit, a video surfaced on the social media showing the convoy of the president beeing booed by people of Borno.

In the video, residents were seen shouting in the Hausa language, "Ba ma so, Ba Ma yi" which roughly means, "‘we don’t like it, we won’t do it", according to PR Nigeria.

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PR Nigeria said it has confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the residents booing the president's convoy.

However, some residents, according to the news media, claimed that it was not the president that was booed but the service chiefs who were allegedly in his convoy.

Fact check: Did Borno residents boo Buhari over Boko Haram attacks?

President Buhari in Borno over the recent Boko Haram attack in the state. Credit: Femi Adesina
Source: Facebook

The residents reportedly booed the service chiefs over their failure to put an end to the terrorist attacks in the northeast.

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Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has maintained its demand for the sack or resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity in the country.

Benjamin Kalu, the spokesperson for the House in a report on Daly Trust dated February 10, told journalists in Abuja that the lower house has not backed down on its call for the removal of the security chiefs.

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Kalu stated that the legislators are yet to rescind an earlier resolution calling for the removal of the service chiefs, noting that the resolution stands until a member calls for the resolution to be rescinded.

However, the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said the sacking of the security chiefs would not offer a solution to the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.

Buratai said Nigerians do not need to pressure President Buhari into removing his service chiefs.

The army chief stated that as commander in chief, the president knows where the problems are and he should be left to make the decisions.

In a similar development, the Northern Youth Coalition (NYC) has asked President Buhari to resign from office as a result of the growing level of insecurity in the country.

The group said it was high time the president left the office before the country's situation becomes similar to that of Somalia.

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The group's national convener, Muhammed Ishaq, said in Abuja on Wednesday, February 12, that the security situation has worsened significantly so much that it is now similar to what was experienced during the administration of Buhari's predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

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