Normally, the senate president, Saraki paid a courtesy call to the Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima before heading to the camps of the internally displaced people (IDPs) In Maiduguri. According to a source who witnessed the scenario, the visitation of Saraki to the IDPs camps was nothing but a political gathering and an early ‘campaign’ gimmick by the ever cunning political juggernaut who knew quite well that the current president Muhammadu Buhari may end up spending just one term in power due to his age because the president will clock 80 years in the next four years, hence, Saraki’s resolve in ensuring that he stylishly and wittingly commences his ‘campaign’ for 2019.
However, some segments of Nigerian political watchers are saying that campaign for 2019 could not have kicked up for now because the new government has not even settled down for work let alone planning for the next dispensation. They argue that it is a rumour that anyone in his right thinking nature could embark on a wasteful adventure of campaigning for 2019 elections but one thing that may not be clear for such people is that Bukola Saraki believes in “the earlier you start the better for your candidacy,” hence, his decision to splash a whopping N10 million on victims of the Boko Harram attack in Maiduguri and also promising them to always be in touch with them as far as their living standard is concerned. In his words Saraki said, “We have come to feel your pains, to hear what you have been going through firsthand.
“To seek to understand the severe bloody struggle you have had to endure and go through emotionally, physically, financially, and in many other ways which can hardly be put in words.”
The president of the senate who also led the team, in company of Governor Shettima, to pay homage to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Khanemi, assured the people that the senate will do all in its power to ensure that life returns to the state and the zone. He later visited the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps located at the Umaru Shehu College of Education in Maiduguri and the Government College Maiduguri with over 4000 displaced persons respectively. The delegation also visited the Dalori IDPs Camp housing over 18,000 displaced persons from Bama local government of the state. He said the resolution of the senate to send a high-powered delegation led by himself was a demonstration of the commitment of the upper chamber to find a lasting solution to the plight of people in the North-East.
While many who are in the know about Nigerian politics may see this story as just a mere rumour, one thing that is however factual is that there is an iota of truth in any rumour. The senate president, Bukola Saraki on Monday the 3rd of August, 2015 paid a condolence visit to Borno State which has suddenly become the most vulnerable state that is ravaged almost on weekly basis by the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Saraki stormed the state in the convoy of top leaders of the senate which included Ali Ndume, the senate majority leader who is from Borno State and Abubakar Kyar who represents Borno North Senatorial District.