Updated: March 2, 2021
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to visit Yobe state, two weeks after Boko Haram stormed a school there and kidnapped at least 110 girls.
The presidency said in a statement on Monday that Mr. Buhari had been studying the reports on various incidents across the country before he could embark on the trips.
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He would visit Taraba, and subsequently Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States.
Why it matters: Mr. Buhari had come under criticisms for planning to attend Ghana’s 61st independence anniversary celebrations, but not visiting the town where 110 schoolgirls were kidnapped in his own country, or even where humanitarian workers were killed last Monday.
The latest kidnap was a reminder of the events in 2014 when almost 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno state. Many of the girls remain missing till date.
“In view of recent terrorist attacks, criminal activities and communal clashes in some States leading to tragic loss of lives and kidnapping of 110 schoolgirls, President Muhammadu Buhari immediately tasked the Armed Forces and other Security agencies to compile comprehensive reports on the various incidents,” the presidency in Nigeria said on Monday.
“Having received and studied the Reports, the President has decided to undertake an on the spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected.
“From today, March 5, he will visit Taraba, and subsequently Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers States.
“President Buhari has been receiving daily briefings, and has been in constant touch with the Governors, and has been updated with situation reports.
“The President calls on all Nigerians especially those in the affected areas to cooperate fully with the Security Agencies to enable them curb the spate of crimes, bring those responsible to justice and prevent further occurrences”.