Wednesday, 6 March 2013

(NEWS):Borno State declares holiday as President Jonathan visits


President visit to Anambra
President visit to Anambra









Borno state government has declared Friday, work free day for both public and private sector, following the expected visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state.
The state government in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Amb. Baba Ahmed Jidda and made available to DailyPost on Wednesday said, the work free day is to honour the President who is coming to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital for the first time since assuming office as the president.
The President who is expected to be in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital on Thursday is expected to spend a night in Maiduguri and will on Friday visit some areas as well as meet with Borno elders on the current challenges of insecurity in the state.
Meanwhile, the heavy security presence and restriction of movement in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, following the visit of Mr. President is beginning to scare many residents, who are seen buying food stuff to keep in their homes, in case of any eventuality, as the heavy security presence is becoming alarming and scary. The fear has been compounded by the rumour making the rounds that the entire city would be shutdown on Friday owing to the President’s visit.
Speaking with residents on the President’s visit, we gathered that the people hope that the visit of Nigeria’s number one citizen would not bring bad day for business in the state.
“When the Vice President came, it was a sad day for me. The security has blocked all the roads and there is no business going on. I hope that they would have some human face; because we need to eat and make a living. For them, whether they go to work or not, their food is always there, unlike us who would have to go out everyday to look for what we would eat with our families.” Aude Gana told DailyPost
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