The bodyguards of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 presidential campaigns have vowed to expose his secrets if he fails to fulfill the promise he made them.
The bodyguards, who claim to be members of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), converged on Buhari’s campaign office in Abuja on Thursday, to drive home their anger over allegedly being used and dumped by the president.
The leader of the group, Olabiyi Balogun, speaking during the protest said they were used during the presidential campaign and traveled with Buhari to the 36 states of the federation, providing him with security and protocol services.
According to him, it was unfortunate that after how hard they worked for Buhari, they were paid back with abandonment.
“We were his bodyguards and protocol officers throughout the campaign and inauguration. Some of us were posted to the Defence House without being given a dime.
“They gave us N20, 000 each in January and February 2015 as allowance, and since then we have not been paid a kobo. We have lost three of our members who were butchered by unknown gunmen in the course of our duty,” Balogun said.
He said Buhari campaign team disregarded them and never made any attempt to compensate the families of their members who lost their lives.
Another member of the group, Audu Odameo, vowed “to make public and expose the secret they have at their disposal,” should President Buhari fail to employ members of the group as he promised.
“He appointed and gave jobs to all members of his families and relatives but abandoned those of us who have worked assiduously and put our lives on the line,” Odameo said.
The aggrieved protesters also alleged that Lawal Babachir, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Abba Kyari, Chief of the Staff to the President, were the ones behind their plight.
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