President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for a “sympathy visit.”
Mr Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, announced the president’s arrival in Maiduguri in a Tweet on Wednesday afternoon.
“12:45pm. President Buhari, aboard the BBJ from Addis Ababa just landed in Maiduguri. He is paying a sympathy visit to the government and people of Borno following the recent horrific incident in which BH terrorists killed several travelers,” Mr Shehu wrote.
PREMIUM TIMES reported one of the recent Boko Haram attacks in Auno where over 30 travellers were killed by Boko Haram after their vehicles were stopped from entering Maiduguri after 5:00 p.m.
The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, blamed the military for the attack.
“We have made repeated plea to the military to re-establish a base in Auno since it is one of the flashpoints of the Boko Haram, but nothing has been done to that effect,” the governor said.
On Wednesday, the president was accompanied by the defence minister, the National Security Adviser, the governors of Imo and Cross River states, Hope Uzodimma and Ben Ayade, and other federal government officials.
Mr. Buhari was immediately driven into Maiduguri town amidst tight security mounted by the army and the police.
The president also visited the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi.