The main opposition party's, the All Progressives Congress (APC), campaign train stops in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
The government of the state has declared Monday, February 16, as a public holiday to enable the people of the state welcome the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who arrives Maiduguri.
Governor Kashim Shettima has enjoined all Borno residents to come out en mass and line up the streets to welcome the Peoples’ General.
Thousands of supporters overwhelmed security operatives manning some gates of the popular Ramat Square in Maiduguri to attend Buhari’s rally.
The gates to the Square were therefore locked by heavily armed soldiers and policemen, who cited security reasons as basis for the closure.
According to Daily Trust, at about 11.30am, Buhari and his entourage were yet to arrive the venue, even as the huge crowd kept swelling around the vast arena, a development that forced security operatives to fire tear gas canisters to disperse the people.
Security forces are tirelessly struggling to control the crowd.
Buhari pledged to reverse the perceived failures of President Goodluck Jonathan in tackling the rebel uprising.
“If we get the people’s mandate… Nigerians will begin to see a government that really care(s),” he told the crowd after visiting the area’s top Islamic cleric, the Shehu of Borno.
“It is not going to be easy, tackling the insurgency, but we are determined to face it squarely,” he said.
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Residents of Borno State welcome Buhari joyfully on Twitter.
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General Buhari with its presidential campaign has already visited 16 states across the country. Gombe, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, others – each state welcomed the APC candidate with a great enthusiasm.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday, January 24, also campaigned in Maiduguri amidst heavy security deployment by a combined force of soldiers, police and the operatives of the State Security Service.