Presidency blames opposition politicians over booing of Buhari in Maiduguri

The presidency has blamed opposition politicians over the decision of Maiduguri residents who booed President Muhammadu Buhari when he visited Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Wednesday.

Mr Buhari, who was on a condolence visit, went to the state to sympathize with them over the recent Boko Haram attacks across the state and had his convoy booed.

The development came as a surprise to many because the president is said to be more popular there. He won over 90 percent of votes from the area during the last general election.

Speaking on the development, the presidency blamed opposition politicians for the embarrassment.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, in an interview with BBC Hausa, said those who booed the president are miscreants and were paid to do so.

“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,” Shehu said.

“But there was a group which came out shouting ‘we don’t want’. Some politicians gathered some miscreants and paid them money to boo Buhari,” he added.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram continued with its terror attack few hours after the president departed for Abuja.