The people of Kano on Monday, shunned President Muhammadu Buhari who is on an official visit to the state after it was initially postponed due to security reasons.
Heavy security presence could be seen on the routes the President was expected to take.
The streets of Kano were deserted while business premises around the Federal Government Projects to be commissioned were closed.
Security sources confirmed the presence of stern looking security operatives around the project sites. A few people who came out to catch a glimpse of the president were kept at least 500 metres away from project sites.
President Buhari who enjoyed cheers and fanfare on previous visits avoided the roads after arriving Kano and flew by helicopter from the airport straight to the Dala Inland Dry Port project site and then to the Emir’s Palace.
However, angry residents at Hotoro Quarters barricaded the road leading to one of the project sites in the area with stones and inter-lock blocks, attacking some vehicles in the convoy.
The situation was brought under control after police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd who were already burning tires.
Earlier, there were some disturbing incidents between some of the security operatives stationed at the Emir’s Palace and students which degenerated into stones being thrown at the security men.
The development comes amid unprecedented hardship under the Buhari regime, especially in the wake of the recent redesigning of new naira notes and the initial January 31 deadline issued by the CBN to phase out the old notes.
President Buhari was still in Kano at the time of filing this report.
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