Boko Haram: Buhari still very accepted, popular in Borno - Femi Adesina

Boko Haram: Buhari still very accepted, popular in Borno - Femi Adesina

- Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari is still very popular and accepted in Borno state, despite the renewed Boko Haram attacks

- Adesina said the president was received by a huge crowd during his recent visit to the state, adding that residents appreciate his efforts in tackling the insurgency

- The spokesman's statement follows the release of a viral video showing some residents of the state booing the convoy of the president

The Nigerian presidency says the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari has not waned in Borno state, despite the recent renewed insurgency attacks which have left many people dead in the northeastern state.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, told Channels TV on Sunday, February 16, that his principal, Buhari, is still very popular and accepted in Borno.

According to Adesina, the residents of the state appreciate the efforts of the Buhari-led government in tackling the insurgency.

Boko Haram: Buhari still very accepted, popular in Borno - Femi Adesina
President Buhari during his recent visit to Borno. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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He said the "huge crowd" that received the president during his recent visit to the state is evidence of his popularity while admitting that the people who allegedly booed the president were few dissenting voices which is normal in a democracy.

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After the visit, a video surfaced on social media with the claim that the residents of the state booed the president.

Adesina said what allegedly happened in the state did not indicate that the president has lost his popularity.

He said: “We don’t see it as a rejection; if you look at those who came to welcome the president from the airport to the palace of the Shehu of Borno, it was a huge crowd.

“Some 90 to 95 percent were waving brooms and welcomed the president; some dissenting voices in a large crowd like that do not call for worry, its normal in a democracy."

Adesina said the president is concerned about the state of the country's security as he swore to an oath to protect the lives and property of Nigerians.

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An earlier report confirmed the authenticity of the video showing the Borno residents booing the convoy of the president. However, some Borno residents claimed it was not the president who was booed but the service chiefs who were in his convoy.

However, in his own response, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Thursday, February 13, said the alleged miscreants who booed President Buhari during his condolence visit to Borno state were paid by some politicians.

Shehu explained that the president’s visit was protested by only miscreants.

The presidential aide went on to note that though some Borno residents came out to thank the Nigerian leader and welcome him, others were shouting ‘we don’t want.’

In his own reaction to the development, a past governor of Borno state and current lawmaker of the ninth Senate, Kashim Shettima, said that the president has no magic wand to end the rising insurgency and Boko Haram attacks in the northeast.

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Shettima who represents Borno South senatorial district at the Senate while speaking with journalists on Thursday, February 13, said the reaction of some Borno citizens during the president's emergency visit is unfortunate.

He said the reaction by the resident might be from high expectations the individuals had for President Buhari.

“People thought he (Buhari) has a magic wand. He does not have a wand. But I believe it’s temporary hiccups,” Shettima said.

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Also, hours after President Buhari accused Borno leaders of failing to cooperate with his administration in the fight against terrorism in the northeast, a group 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.

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