By our reporter| President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said that Boko Haram cannot come up to Maiduguri or environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas.
President Buhari stated this at the palace of the emir of Bornu, Abubakar Elkanem, while in the state to commiserate with the people following the attack by Boko Haram terrorists on Auno, a community near Maiduguri that killed 30 people.
At the Shehu’s palace, the president told the monarch that he was in Borno to share the pains of the people following last Sunday’s incident and other attacks in the state.
Buhari said, “As commander in chief, I campaigned both in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues which include security; you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secure. This is just common sense, everybody knows this even those that have not gone to school know this.”
“This Boko Haram or whatever they are, cannot come up to Maiduguri or environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas. So with my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up till now.
“We are working for you in this country. As commander in chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is an improvement in security.
“I urge the people of the state to cooperate with with the law enforcement agencies and let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens and encourage displace people to go back to the land.”
President Buhar equally urged Nigerian youth to cooperate with the government to help them get a better future.
“If they don’t cooperate with the government, they are endangering their future. I am already 77, how many years do I expect under normal circumstances?” he said.
President Buhari was recieved on arrival at the Nigerian Air Force base in Maiduguri by Bornu state governor, Babagana Zulum, national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, and Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.