The soldiers insisted that Mr. Tambuwal’s car must be searched for bombs.
Some soldiers on Monday ‘embarrassed’ the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, in Kaduna after they insisted they must search his car before allowing him entry into the venue of an event he was billed to be the key speaker.
The incident occurred at the 17th Hotel Kaduna, the venue of an international conference on security and development challenges of pastoralists in West and Central Africa.
The event was organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, with the theme “The Role of Pastoralists in Preventing Insurgency and Conflicts for enhanced National Security”.
Mr. Tambuwal, who was one of the keynote speakers at the conference, arrived the Hotel at about 9:16 a.m.; but soldiers at the gate insisted that his convoy will not be allowed entry. They said only the staff car should approach the gate.
A witness informed us that “even when the speaker’s car came, the soldiers insisted it must stop and be frisked for bombs, and one of them asked him to wind down his glass”.
Our source added that all explanations by the speaker’s security details fell on deaf ears and the soldiers insisted that they must comb the car.
“When the embarrassment was getting too much, the speaker just alighted from the car and walked into the hotel,” our source said.
He also said he was surprised when “some governors came later and no one attempted to stop or search their vehicles”.
The spokesperson of Mr. Tambuwal, Imam Imam, in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the incident and advised the military to have respect for the office of the Speaker.
“As the number four citizen, the Honourable Speaker deserves the respect of all Nigerians. What happened was unfortunate,” he said. “We should have respect for the office and his official car is part of the symbol of that office.”
Mr. Imam also said incidents like what happened to the Speaker may undermine the legislature as an institution.