The president was represented by the vice president.
Security operatives on Monday virtually sealed up Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, for Monday’s visit to the state by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Government sources said the security officials acted that way for fear of a reprisal attack by Northern youth on the president over the stoning of some northern governors in Rivers State recently.
Four northern governors had gone on a solidarity visit to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, who is having a running battle with the presidency, when they were pelted with different objects by protesters opposed to the governor.
Mr. Jonathan’s visit to Nasarawa was to commission a new Federal High Court Complex in Lafia, the state capital.
Major roads across the state capital were either closed by security officials or motorists directed to drive on one lane while the other is sealed.
The popular Jos Road, Lafia, that links the city to Makurdi, Benue State, was partially shut with motorists forced to drive on one lane; while the hospital road adjourning the state governor’s private residence was completely barricaded by security officials.
The PDP office along Jos road was also heavily barricaded to prevent violence between supporters of Mr. Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the ruling Congress for Progressive Change in the state. The PDP supporters had trooped out enmasse to welcome the president.
The president did not, however, attend the ceremony but was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, who commissioned the court complex and the Ta,al Model School constructed by the Nasarawa State Government along Jos Road.
While at the Federal High Court, Mr. Sambo called on the judiciary to conduct themselves ethically for the sustenance of the judicial practice in the country
“Government believes that no country can adequately dispense justice to its citizenry without strict adherence to ethical judicial codes,” he said.
At the Ta,al model school, the Vice President said the federal government has agreed to implement the demands of university lecturers, ASUU.
“On the tertiary education sector the president has approved the implementation of the ASUU committee that has made recommendation on how to improve both federal and state owned universities all over the country,” he said.
In his remarks, Governor Tanko Al-Makura commended the federal government for siting federal projects in the state, and appealed for the provision of a 330KVA power substation in the state capital, Lafia.