ABUJA: TEARGAS has been used to disperse rowdy crowds that have disrupted the campaign of the Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari in Maiduguri.
An unspecified number of supporters have been injured at the rally Ramat Square Ground in the Borno State capital. The military and security personnel had to drive scores of people that failed to gain access back from the venue as they were becoming uncontrollable.
The campaign train on arrival at the airport at about 10am could not get to the palace of the Shehu of Borno, adistance of about 5 kilometers until mid-morning as it was difficult to pass through the major roads full of supporters hoping to catch a glimpse of the former military ruler.
At the Shehu’s palace, Buhari said it was a “home coming” for him because he was the governor of the defunct north-east states in 1975.
“I’m happy that Ireceived befitting welcome, if elected I will focus on tackling the persistent insecurity affecting north-east, it is not easy as the damage has been done. “Your Royal Highness God willing, if APC government is elected, all towns under Boko Haram control will be liberated and rebuilt,” he pledged.
“It was unfortunate that commercial activities were paralysed following the insecurity. In the past, hundreds of trailers loaded with goods took off from Maiduguri to various neighboring countries, but presently the reverse is the situation,” he said.
He declared that Boko Haram ideology contradicted Islamic principles, because it these outlawed killings of innocent souls.
“It is unfortunate that innocent persons are being killed in mosques, churches and their houses. God willing, if APC government is elected, we will restore the confidence in governance.”
The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi, told the presidential candidate that if elected he must focus on restoration of peace, massive investment, re-construction of federal roads, revamping of Lake Chad and ensure the success of oil exploration in the Lake Chad region.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY