The Presidency on Thursday accused some opposition politicians of mobilising thugs to boo the President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated this during a chat with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Abuja.
Some residents of the Borno State capital had on Wednesday, the President during his sympathy visit to the state over last Sunday’s terror attack that killed over 30 persons in Auno motor park
The presidential aide said: “I was part of the delegation that entered Maiduguri right from the airport to the Palace of the Shehu of Borno. The people came out to say thank you and welcome us.
“But there was a group which came out shouting ‘we don’t want.’
“Maybe some politicians gathered some miscreants and paid them money to boo the President.”
He said whoever recorded the incident and shared it on social media didn’t do justice to the people of Borno State whom he said had a reputation for welcoming guests.
According to him, it was not possible to satisfy everyone since no human being was god, especially in a city like Maiduguri which has a population of four to five million people.
He noted that President Buhari’s administration had demonstrated the capacity to fight Boko Haram and had promised to change strategy in dealing with the new challenges posed by the terrorists.