One of the biggest supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari, Sirajo Saidu, has publicly withdrawn his support for the President, after some of his brothers were kidnapped by armed Fulani bandits and he received no support whatsoever from the government to raise the ransom, .
The bandits had on December 12, abducted over 20 people in separate attacks on communities in Wurno Local Government Area, Sokoto State.
Immediately after the abduction, Mr. Saidu took to his Facebook page to announce that 5 of his brothers were among the 20 residents abducted.
He had posted in Hausa language: “All the five men taken in our house are my brothers. The bandits did not 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.”
Speaking exclusively to Premium Times, two days after the abduction, he stated that the kidnappers had contacted the family, and that the family members had started contributing money to pay the ransom. He, however, did not state the amount requested.
Mr. Saidu, who is popular on the social media for attacking critics of the President and his All Progressives Congress, APC, noted that his reason for dumping President Buhari, was because no one helped him and his family members to raise the ransom money.
He stated: “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 Mr. 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.”