As Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari visits Zamfara and Sokoto states plagued by bandit killings on Thursday, some state residents and citizens are busy enforcing their right to freedom of expression.
Although the attack did not take him to Sokoto, the presidency said it would travel to Zamfara to offer condolences to the government and people of the state over the killings by gunmen.
This is Buhari’s third visit to the states in a month to inaugurate the projects undertaken by his governments. He went to Ogun on the 13th, Kaduna on the 20th and 21st.
The president first stopped in Sokoto to launch the new Bua Cement Company, owned by Abdussamad Isiyaka Rabiu, before finishing in Zamfara.
However, it was later announced that he had canceled his visit to Zamfara State on Thursday due to inclement weather.
One of his aides on social media, Buhari Sallau, posted the news on his Facebook page.
Buhari’s aide on social media, Bashir Ahmad, said the company would produce 3 million tonnes of cement annually.
“President Buhari will visit Gusau (the capital of Zamfara) today to offer condolences to the government and the people of the state. I hope the visit will bring about positive change,” said Yusuf Anka, a local journalist.
Some Nigerians living in Sokoto State she spoke to expressed hope that Buhari’s visit would be a success.
But some criticized the president for refusing to visit early; when bandits carried out attacks and killed people.
“We, the people of Sokoto, cannot say that we are not happy with the arrival of the president, but we can honestly say that we are not happy with what he did. Because things happened in Sokoto, he did not come until now. to open a cement factory, “said Basakkwaciya.
Another said: “As a Sokoto girl, I am very happy with President Buhari’s visit to open Bua. I am very happy.”
“If there is any real consolation coming to us, he should go to the villages where the incident took place, not stop in Gusau,” said a Facebook fan who said it was Bazamfare.
“We further remind the Sultan to continue to emphasize to the President the plight of Nigerians in the face of daily hardships and genocide,” the statement from Facebook said.
Buhari to Zamfara
On the eve of the visit, the Zamfara state government announced a three-hour curfew during the president’s visit.
The state government has said the Nigerian president will travel to Zamfara to offer condolences to the people over the recent terrorist attacks, especially in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas.
Zamfara Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Magaji Dosara, told Sabahi that they have already completed the preparations for the reception.
He said in addition to offering his condolences to the people of Zamfara, he would also encourage the military in the state to carry out raids and other operations against the militants. -shared in the state and even other states.
“One of the purposes of the president’s visit to Zamfara is to reassure the people of Zamfara and show them that he is with them,” the commissioner said.
Ibrahim Dosara said: “Not only will President Buhari offer his condolences to Anka and Bukkuyum, but also to all the families of those who lost their loved ones in the militant attacks in Zamfara.”
According to him, during his visit, the president will meet with security operatives working in the state, clerics, traditional rulers and the families of those who lost their lives in the attacks.
The state government has already urged its people to abide by all the rules during the president’s visit.
However, despite these arrangements, the president was not allowed to travel to Gusau due to fog.