The Governor of Jigawa State, Muhammadu Badaru, narrowly escaped death recently after being held hostage by irate youths in Hadejia area of the state.
Badaru alongside Senator Danladi Sankara, Senator Ibrahim Hadejia, Senator Sabo Nakudu and some members of the national and state assemblies and other top government officials escaped lynching as they were held hostage for several hours in Hadejia town.
The aggrieved youths in their hundreds barricade Hadejia central market road, when governor Badaru and his entourage coming out from emir of Hadejia Palace for a homage visit, the governor was said to be in the town yesterday for a wedding ceremony of one of the sons of an indigenous contractor, Alhaji Isah Gerawa.
Trouble started shortly after governor Badaru accompanied by three senators, some members of the national and state assemblies, as well as top government officials, were coming out from the emir`s palace on their way out of Hadejia town, aggrieved youth blocked the road with vehicles chanting various insult slogans to the governor over his alleged unfulfilled promises of projects completed in the area.
An eye witness spoke on anonymity said information reached aggrieved youth that the governor was in town, as such they mobilized themselves and blockade the road with vehicles chanting “Ba ma yi, Ka yaudare mu, dole ka bai wa Malam mulki” meaning, we not with you, you deceived us with white elephant projects, you must hand over power to your deputy whom we trusted.
The crowd forced governor Badaru and his entourage to become helpless as efforts by security agents to control the aggrieved youths proved abortive, while in the process of security intervention the youth took advantage of smashing windscreen of vehicles in the deputy governor`s convoy with nobody harmed, some politicians ran for safety to avoid sustaining injuries from the stone throw.
The reasons for attacking the governor and his entourage according to reliably source might not be unconnected with the slow face of construction work of specialists’ hospital in Hadejia town commenced shortly after assumption into office and several occasion the governor fixed commissioning date but failed and other projects he initiated for the development of the area but have not seeing the light of the day.
The intervention of emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu Maje has saved the governor and his entourages from further assault by the aggrieved youth, as the youth raised PDP flags for the governor.
Governor Badaru was said to have blamed former deputy speaker Jigawa state house of assembly, Hon. Ahmed MK for engineering the attack, it was reliably gathered that the governor sent him a thank you message for the rudeness and abuse by Hadejia youth.