23 June 2014
Tambuwal Detained & Searched By Soldiers On Orders From Above
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, briefly on Sunday in the capital of Kaduna
State, insisting that his official car "must be searched" before he
could be allowed into the venue of an international conference where
he was due to deliver a speech.
Can you believe that Soldiers paid by Nigerians can humiliate the
Number 4 citizens this way? #DiaRisGodO
The Speaker, who arrived the venue of the gathering at exactly 9.16 am
for the 10.00 am opening ceremony, had his convoy stopped by soldiers
who insisted they must search his official car before he could be
allowed into the venue, otherwise he should go away. Wonderful!
Despite much entreaties by security details attached to the
Speaker,the soldiers refused, claiming they have "orders from above"
to search the Speaker...
Angered by the conduct of the soldiers, the Speaker came out of his
car and trekked all the way into the venue. The incident occurred at
Hotel 17, venue of an International conference on security and
development challenges of pastoralism in West and Central Africa
organized by office of the National Security Adviser.
Surprisingly, other VIPs, especially Governors, who attended the
conference were allowed access into the hotel without hindrance. The
Speaker is the number four citizen in Nigeria's official hierarchy
after the President, Vice-President and the Senate President. It is
sad that he could be treated like a rascal.
When Saraha Reporters contacted Tambuwal's spokesman, Malam Imam Imam,
for his reaction, he said:
"It is not about the person of the Speaker, but the office he is
occupying. What we expect is for the security agents to show respect
for the office of the Number 4 citizen of the country."
Strangely, after the Speaker walked away, the soldiers stopped
searching his car. Were they after him?