President Goodluck Jonathan today visited wounded soldiers of the Nigerian Army 7 Division at the hospital, and soldiers at the barrack as well as Internally Displaced Persons in Maiduguri, Borno state. President Goodluck Jonathan had yesterday undertook a surprise visit to Maiduguri on the occasion of Nigeria’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day to meet with officers and men of the Armed Forces currently in the frontline of the war against terrorism and insurgency in the country. This is the first time the President visited the troubled area since insurgency reared its ugly head in the north eastern part of the country. Precisely, the last time the President visited the state was in March 2013, where held a town hall meeting with members of the Borno Elders Forum and other stakeholders on how to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.
Also, in the wake of the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls from Federal Government Secondary School Chibok, the President did not make any effort to visit the area.
The girls have so far spent 277 days in the enemy’s camp.
In yesterday’s visit Jonathan, who was accompanied by all the service chiefs, arrived Maiduguri International Airport accompanied by two other military aircrafts at exactly 3pm.
He was received by the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima and few other officials of the Borno state government.
The reception at the airport was low-key as there was no political coloration even as the Minister of States for Power, Barrister Muhammed Wakil and other top PDP big shots who were in town since Monday were all conspicuously absent.
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