President Goodluck Jonathan arrived Maiduguri today for the first time since winning elections in 2011.
Jonathan landed in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state – considered the home base of Islamist extremists Boko Haram, and was received by Governor Kashim Shettima before he travelled on by helicopter to neighbouring Yobe state – another hot bed of the sect’s violent activities.
As earlier reported, security was water-tight, with soldiers stationed along roads and movement restricted. He is due to return to Maiduguri later Thursday for a visit that will extend into Friday.
After landing in Damaturu, Jonathan went into talks with Yobe governor Ibrahim Geidam and was due to help commission a number of government projects.
At a town hall meeting in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, Jonathan said his administration will not be granting amnesty to Boko Haram fighters until such a time the group comes out in the public to dialogue with the federal government.