Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured Nigerians that the Nigeria military will work harder to end insurgency in the country.
The president revealed this on his verified Twitter handle after his visit to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Buhari was on a sympathy visit to the state after attacks by Boko Haram in Auno claimed several lives.
The president appealed to the people and community leaders to share useful information with the military and cooperate with them to ease their work.
He said his administration was taking steps to improve the security situation in the country.
Meanwhile, another attack has allegedly occurred at the outskirts of Maiduguri shortly after the president departed.
A popular online news outlet, PREMIUM TIMES , reported that the attack took place at about 7pm local time when people from Jiddari Polo, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, started to flee into the city centre through Polo and Damboa roads as the attack took place.
Ba’Bulama Jiddari, a leader of a vigilante group in the area, told PREMIUM TIMES on the phone that they were under attack but had been able to repel the terrorists with the help of soldiers who later arrived at the scene.
“It was not a bomb blast but a serious attack. A house has been completely burnt down. We are still here trying to see if there is any casualty, ” Ba’Bulama Jiddari was quoted by PREMIUM TIMES.
Rebbeca Musa, resident who lives close to the area was also quoted by PREMIUM TIMES:
“I have not seen this kind of shooting in a long time. Shells of bullets were dripping on top of my house roof and inside the compound.”
The attack reportedly lasted for over 1 hour. A member of the local vigilante attributed the success of the attack to the fact that the military left the location, perhaps as part of backup for the visiting president.