President Muhammadu Buhari has shelved plan to visit Auno, the scene of Sunday night massacre by Boko Haram in Borno State.
He was initially expected by the residents of Maiduguri to visit the troubled Auno town on Maiduguri-Damaturu highway.
The distance is about 24 kms to the State Capital.
The Sun said rather, Buhari paid a condolence visit to the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi and the state governor.
The president told the Shehu that he came from Addis, Ethiopia to Maiduguri.
He said Boko Haram cannot be curtailed without good intelligence sharing by the civil populace.
He said the traditional leaders were fundamental in the success of military operation and strategy.
“This Boko Haram or whatever they are cannot come out to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally the local leaders are in charge of security in local areas,” he disclosed.
He said he was surprised how Boko Haram still survives. “So I wonder how Boko Haram has survived up till this time,” he said.
He said government cannot deliver good governance without security. “We need to stabilise this Country,” he said.
He urged the youths not to support anyone planning to destabilise the Country.
“That is why we are asking our youths not to allow themselves to be used.
But Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media, Garba Shehu, has told journalists the president would not visit Auno.
“The president has already paid a condolence visit to the Shehu of Borno and the state governor and as such, it is a visit to Borno State.”
Buhari was accompanied by the governors of Cross River State, Ben Ayande and Imo, Hope Uzodinma; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajiya Fatima Farouk.
Meanwhile, suspected Boko Haram fighters on Wednesday attacked Jiddari Polo Community in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital.
The attack occurred hours after President Muhammadu Buhari paid a condolence visit to the State over the killing of 30 persons on Sunday massacre.