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SINCE the start of his administration in May 2015, there have been many instances when President Muhammadu Buhari has come out publicly to say that he is “shocked” by obvious happenings in the country.
The latest of his “shocked” moments is the recent mass killings in Gubio resulting in the death of 81 residents.
In this report, this reporter flashes back to some of Buhari’s “shocking” moments.
Buhari ‘deeply shocked’ by Gubio mass killing
On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram, launched one of its deadliest attacks in recent times on the residents of a village in Gubio Local Government.
The attack came days after Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, met with the president in Abuja and briefed him on the ‘successes’ the Army has made against insurgents in the last few months.
Reacting to the incident, President Buhari said in a statement released by Garba Shehu, his spokesman, that “he is deeply shocked by the brutal killing of tens of people by the Boko Haram/Islam in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Gubio village, Borno State.”
Buhari expresses shock, condoles victims’ families over Lagos gas explosion
On March 16, 2020, the president consoled the families of the victims of the gas explosion which occurred in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos.
The sad incident had killed no fewer than 20 people.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the President said he received the news with sadness.
Buhari expresses shock at the level of violent crimes in the country
On January 29, 2020, the president expressed “shock” at the level of violent crimes in the North-West and other parts of the country, promising tougher measures against bandits that had made life difficult for Nigerians.
He spoke while receiving a delegation of eminent citizens from Niger State led by Governor of the state, Sani Bello, in State House, Abuja, and lamented that activities of bandits had forced many to abandon their farms and homes.
Buhari shocked over non-payment of allowances to Super Eagles – Lalong
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong on July 1, 2019, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari was shocked by the alleged non-payment of allowances to the Super Eagles players during the African Cup of Nations football competition in Egypt.
Buhari shocked by Katsina killings
On May 22, 2019, the president received reports of killings in Katsina state and expressed “shock” while assuring the government will restore peace and stability in the polity.
President Buhari, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also specifically instructed the security chiefs to find out how the operation was carried out by the perpetrators, not minding the Holy month of Ramadan and put in place structures to prevent future occurrence.
Metele Killings: Buhari expresses shock, assures that Nigeria will prevail over Boko Haram
On November 25, 2018, the president expressed deep shock over the killing of military personnel in Metele village of Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists. He assured Nigerians that immediate measures are being taken to ensure that the loopholes which led to the fatalities are blocked once and for all.
President Buhari expresses shock over Lagos fire incidence
On June 28, 2018, President Buhari expressed shock and sorrow over the fire incident in Lagos, in which many people were reported dead with several vehicles burnt.
The President said in reaction to the incident that he was very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire.
Buhari expresses shock over the death of Calabar football fans
Buhari on April 27, 2017, expressed shock over the event that took the lives of several Nigerians at a football viewing centre in Calabar, Cross River State.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, the President commiserates with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the incident.
Buhari shocked by Benue killings, orders investigation
On February 29, 2016, President Buhari said he was shocked at the wanton destruction and deaths occasioned by the clashes between herdsmen and indigenes of communities in Benue State.
He also directed an investigation into the latest of such incidents that occurred at that time and resulted in the death of hundreds of persons in four communities in Agatu, Benue State.