S Sirajo Saidu, a long-time supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari on Facebook, has abandoned him. He has now thrown his support behind Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State.
The recent abduction of five of Saidu’s brothers by bandits, according to PREMIUM TIMES, influenced his decision.
In separate attacks on communities in Sokoto State’s Wurno Local Government Area on December 12, bandits abducted over 20 people.
Saidu announced on his Facebook page shortly after the abduction that five of his brothers were among the 20 people 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.
“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
Saidu said the kidnappers had contacted the family and that family members had begun contributing money to pay the ransom two days after the abduction. He did not, however, state the amount requested.
Saidu, who is known for attacking critics of the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on social media, said he dumped Buhari because no one helped him and his family raise the ransom money.
Where Buhari’s picture used to be on his Facebook profile, Saidu has now replaced it with Kwakwanso’s.
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