EXCLUSIVE: Buhari To Relocate To Maiduguri To “Lead The Fight” Against Boko Haram
Information reaching Abusidiqu indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon relocate his office to Maiduguri to lead in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents group.
This was part of the decision the president reached with the the service chiefs during their meeting yesterday at the defence house in Abuja.
Buhari had in his inaugural speech directed that the command centre of the military’s fight against Boko Haram be relocated to Maiduguri, the hotbed of the insurgents, but sources who was privy to the meeting said Buhari’s decision to relocate the command centre was because he has made up his mind to also relocate to the terrorist ravaged city.
Abusidiqu recalls that President Buhari had during his campaign for the 2015 election vowed to “lead from the front” in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country’s forthcoming election.
According to our source, Buhari told the military chiefs that he will be in Maiduguri for six months if necessary, to coordinate the fight against the insurgents, but the service chiefs had to plead that six months is too long for the president and the command centre to be in Maiduguri.
The service chiefs tried to pressure the president into abandoning the idea, but he insisted on keeping to his campaign promise of leading the fight from the front, the source said.
After much pressure from the service chiefs, Buhari then agreed to reduce the period he will stay upon his relocation to Maiduguri, but insisted that he must move to Maiduguri at least for a few month.
Our source said the relocation may happen as soon as the president return from Germany where he is expected to attend the it this weekend.