On Facebook, Sirajo Saidu, one of President Muhammadu Buhari's most ardent fans, has abandoned him. He has now expressed his support for Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State.
Saidu, from Sokoto State, said the recent abduction of five of his brothers by bandits affected his decision.
On December 12, bandits abducted nearly 20 individuals in separate attacks on communities in Sokoto State's Wurno Local Government Area.
Saidu announced on his Facebook page shortly after the abduction that five of his brothers were among the 20 residents kidnapped.
He wrote in Hausa, “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."
The kidnappers had contacted the family, and family members had begun sending money to pay the ransom, Saidu claimed two days after the abduction. He did not, however, specify the sum asked.
Saidu, who is known for bashing critics of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on social media, said he dumped Buhari since no one helped him and his family raise the ransom.
Where Buhari's photo used to reside on his Facebook profile, Saidu has now replaced it with Kwakwanso's.
In the past, Saidu has accused 'enemies of Arewa,' Nigerian media, and others of attempting to destabilize President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
He once wrote that he would lead the State Security Service (commonly known as the DSS) in launching a house-to-house arrest campaign in Sokoto to distract President Muhammadu Buhari.
On Monday, December 27, he sent a message applauding Mr Buhari. "I feel delighted anytime I see the picture of Baba Buhari smiling," he commented alongside a photo of the President.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.