President Muhammadu Buhari, has cancelled his planned five-day “casual leave’’, as a mark of respect for victims of boko haram attacks across the battlefields in the North-East zone of the country.
Buhari had planned to spend the casual leave at his home country, Daura, Katsina State, from November 27 to December 2.
The President, according to reports, had earlier cancelled his official trip to Benin City, Edo State, where he was initially billed to inaugurate the Edo-Azura Power Plant, and grace the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference.
Already, the advanced teams of the President, who left Abuja for Katsina and Benin, on Sunday, had been asked to return.
It was gathered that the cancellation of the trips would also enable the President continue his ongoing meetings and consultations with relevant Security and Intelligence community, aimed at addressing the nation’s security challenges.
However, the President is expected to declare open the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, which was moved from Benin City to Maiduguri, Borno State, on November, 28 at the Government House Conference Hall.
President Buhari’s Aide on New Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, confirmed this development on his Twitter handle.
He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare the COAS Annual Conference, on November 28, 2018, at the Conference Hall CGH, in Maiduguri, Borno State.
“The Conference was earlier scheduled to take place from 26 -28 November, 2018, in Benin, Edo State.”
It was also gathered that the shifting of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference from Benin City to Maiduguri, might not be unconnected with the killing of Nigerian Soldiers at Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.
It was also learnt that President Buhari would use the opportunity of the COAS Conference, to address the Nigerian Soldiers at the battlefields, to further boost their morale.