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Yar Adu'a In Jos

Started by Bajoga, March 10, 2009, 10:31:07 AM

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What is happening ne in Jos to Yar Adua, naji labarin wai anjefeshi. Wa yakeda gaskiyar maganar ne?


Akwai hasashen cewa wai sarkin jos ya mutu, ko gaskiya, oho. An ce wai ya je gaisuwan mutuwan sarkinne ya bi ta jos north LG sai yara suka yi ta jifan convoy dinsa.


Here is the full text about the incident (or accident?) of what happened to our Baba-go-slow Presdo.

Irate youths attack Yar'Adua, Jang's convoy in Jos
By Jude Owuamanam, Jos
Published: Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009

President Musa Yar'Adua and Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang narrowly escaped unhurt in Jos on Monday when their convoy came under attack by irate youths.

The attack on the President's convoy is the second, coming exactly two years after his campaign train was stoned in a similar manner at the Jos Central Mosque in Jos in 2007.

Yar'Adua and Jang were on their way to the palace of the late Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Victor Pam, to pay a condolence visit when the youths hurled stones at their convoy.

A presidential back-up Jeep, and a State House ambulance marked SH 510 were badly dented by the youths.

Also, a car carrying the first civilian Governor of Plateau State, Chief Solomon Lar, and the official vehicles of the state Commissioner for Housing and Environment, Mr. Nankin Bagudu, and his counterpart in Finance, Mrs. Clara Gang, were also damaged in the attack that appeared well coordinated.

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Vincent Ogbularfor; the National Deputy Chairman (North), Dr. Muhammed Bello; the National Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Barage and the Minister of State for Power, Alhaji Nuhu Wey, were part of the President's entourage.

Our correspondent gathered that one of the drivers of the damaged vehicles claimed that the youths caught them unawares as they suddenly appeared on the road, throwing stones on the presidential fleet and shouting "thief, thief, thief, go away, we don't like you."

An eye-witnessed who did not wish to be named told our correspondent that the youths, believed to be from the Hausa community, also used broken bottles, iron rods and other dangerous weapons on the convoy.

Jang's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Daniel Manjang, described the attack as a "high sense of irresponsibility which the government would not condone."

He said, "The government will make an effort to fish out those responsible and ensure that they are dealt with accordingly."

A security source however disclosed to our correspondent that there would have been a bloodshed if the security details of the President and the governor had not exercised utmost caution.

"It would have been a bloody day if the security operatives had not been extremely cautious. Besides that, they were constrained by the fact that the street was jam-packed with people, including children, who had just trooped out of the mosques after the Eid-el-Maulud prayer," he said.

A former Minister of State for Communications, Alhaji Dasuki Nakande, who exonerated Muslim youths from the action, described it as "unfortunate."

He, however, blamed the incident on some miscreants who, according to him, took advantage of the Eid-el-Maulud celebration to embarrass the President.

"Nobody can order the stoning of Mr. President in Jos. It must have been done by some miscreants who wanted to use the occasion to embarrass not only Mr. President, but the Muslim Ummah in Jos, " Nakande said.

The former minister advised politicians not to use the attack to score political points.

The incident, however, did not prevent Yar'Adua from paying the condolence visit to the family of the late monarch at the Gbong Gwom Palace.

Looking unruffled as he spoke, he described the death of the paramount ruler on Saturday as a great loss not only to the people and government of Plateau State but to the nation at large.

The President recalled that the late Pam served the country tirelessly as a police officer and rose to the peak of his career before he retired to serve his people.

Jang, who spoke earlier, had thanked the President for coming on time to show solidarity with the people of Plateau State.

The governor said that Yar'Adua's condolence visit showed the love he had for the people. He assured the President of the support of the people of the state.

Jang described Pam's death as a great loss to the state and said the vacuum would not be easily filled considering his achievements while serving his people.

The acting President of the state's Traditional Rulers Council and the Long Gamai of Shendam, Miskoom Shaldas, said the late Gbong Gwom was an epitome of peace and a source of inspiration to the council.

He prayed that the state government would be able to produce a vibrant ruler who would take over where he left.

Yar'Adua and Jang have been engaged in a protracted face-off over the constitution of a panel to investigate the November 2008 mayhem in Jos.

Both men constituted independent committees to investigate the violence which claimed about 400 lives and property worth millions of naira.

The state currently has a suit at a Federal High Court challenging what it considers as Yar'Adua's interference in its internal affair.

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