OrderPaperToday– Former governor of Borno State and incumbent senator representing Borno Central, Kashim Shettima, has said the people of Borno State love President Muhammadu Buhari in spite of a ‘booing’ incident that occurred during a visit to the state yesterday.
Buhari was in the state over a recent attack on Auno Community by Boko Haram insurgents which resulted to the death of at least 30 persons.
A video of some youths chanting words against him emerged in the social media hours after his departure from the state.
Reacting to this in a press briefing on Thursday, Senator Shettima described the incident as “unfortunate” because, according to him, the president has “done extremely well for the people of Borno and the North East.”
He said, “What happened in Maiduguri yesterday was very unfortunate but mind you, Buhari has done extremely well for the people of Borno and the North East as a whole. I want to reiterate that position. Yes, we have challenges, but no matter how long the night is, it will give way to dawn.
“Stormy the weather might well be but it will not rain for ever. Certainly, we have reached the nadir in our crisis and we are going to bounce back as a people. The people of Borno love Buhari, maybe their expectations were over exaggerated. People thought he had a magic wand, he does not have one but I believe it is a temporary hiccup.
“The people of Borno, the people of the North East still passionately love Buhari. Without the cooperation of the people of Borno, the Civilian JTF could not have come into being. The people and the government of Borno are fully behind the president, are fully in support of our security establishment who have lost lives while serving the nation.”
On reports stating that Buhari heaped blames on Borno leaders over increased insecurity in the region, Shettima said: “I do not want to join issues on that remark but the most important thing is that that remark did not come from an authorised source so I doubt very much if the president blamed the people of Borno or the Borno elites.
“He might have made a general statement on the need for people to align themselves with the aspiration for restoring peace in the North East but I doubt if the president blamed the people of Borno. I heard him pouring encomiums on my leader and boss, the governor of Borno State, who is adjudged as the best performing governor in West Africa.”