Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has been deserted by Sirajo Saidu, a fervent Facebook fan of the President. He has now expressed his support for Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State.
Mr Saidu, from Sokoto State, said the recent kidnapping of five of his brothers by bandits affected his choice.
In separate attacks on towns in Sokoto State’s Wurno Local Government Area on December 12, bandits abducted nearly 20 individuals.
Mr Saidu announced on his Facebook page shortly after the abduction that five of his brothers were among the 20 residents kidnapped.
“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,” he wrote in Hausa, the language he uses to communicate with his over 4,000 followers and about 5,000 friends on Facebook.
Two days after the kidnapping, Saidu told PREMIUM TIMES that the kidnappers had contacted the family and that family members had begun contributing money to pay the ransom. He did not, however, specify the sum asked.
Saidu, who is known for bashing critics of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress on social media, said he dumped Buhari since no one helped him and his family raise the ransom money.
“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,” he wrote.
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