A die-hard and popular supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Sirajo Saidu Sokoto has made a u-turn after five of his siblings got kidnapped by bandit terrorists.
Naija News reports that the citizen is now trending on social media after he declared that he has dumped President Buhari and is now a supporter of the opposition, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Kwankwaso is understood to be a full-blown member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Taking to Facebook on Wednesday evening, Sirajo who had once vowed never to leave President Muhammadu Buhari for anything, declared that he has no part any longer with the present leader.
The netizen who is popular on social media for attacking critics of the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC), explained that he is dumping Buhari since no one helped him and his family members to raise the ransom demanded by the bandits.
See Saidu’s post that sparked reactions on Facebook below:
Naija News recalls that bandit terrorists had on December 12 abducted over 20 people in separate attacks on communities in the Wurno Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Shortly after the sad development, Saidu took to his Facebook page to cry out, announcing that five of his brothers were among the 20 residents abducted.
His post reads: “All the five men taken in our house are my brothers. The bandits didn’t kill anyone in our community but they took many people in that operation alone. We are waiting for them (bandits) to call for the ransom. Please include my brothers and other victims in your prayers.”
Saidu communicated this in the Hausa language to his over 4,000 followers and about 5,000 friends on Facebook.
Subsequently, the former ‘Buharist’ returned to Facebook to say that the kidnappers had contacted the family and family members had started contributing money to pay the ransom. He, however, did not state the amount requested.
He wrote: “Today, being Wednesday, 29 of December 2021, I, Surajo Saidu Sokoto have dumped the Buhariyya (a Hausa coinage for Buhari supporters) team and have now joined the Kwankwasiya (a coinage for Me Kwankwaso) team. Because bandits abducted my five siblings and I posted it several times but we paid the ransom money and none of them helped me.”
The two leaders met about two weeks ago at the presidential villa and discussed the security challenges facing Sokoto including recommendations on the way out.
The meeting comes barely a week after bandit terrorists attacked some travellers in Sokoto State and burnt scores of them to death.
The travellers were set ablaze around 10 am in Gidan Bawa village in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state as confirmed by the State Police Command, Naija News reports.
The incident has caused different reactions and condemnations including uproars in some quarters on how human lives seem to have totally lost their value and the criminals killing innocent people at will.
Following the meeting at the Villa, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mohammed Bello said his principal urged President Buhari to declare a state of emergency in areas affected by insurgents and terrorists.
Bello in a statement said the declaration should not only be limited to Sokoto State but be extended to states such as Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger Kebbi, and other states where the criminals are operating.
Gov. Tambuwal during the meeting also appealed to the President to make more weapons available to the military and other security agencies to effectively combat the security challenges.
He said the use of technology including the deployment of drones should be adopted in the battle against the terrorists and more personnel should be recruited.
The Governor further called for regional and international collaborations in dealing with the terrorists.
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