The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, was on Sunday briefly detained by soldiers in Kaduna State on his way to an international conference where he was slated to give a speech.
According to SaharaReporters, the speaker, who was being conveyed by his official car to the International conference on security and development challenges of pastoralism in West and central Africa organized by the office of the National Security Adviser which held at Hotel 17, was stopped by the soldiers who insisted they must search his car before he would be allowed into the venue.
It was gathered that Tambuwal, who arrived at the venue at about 9:16 am for the 10:00 am programme, in a reaction, angrily came out of his car and walked into the venue on foot.
The soldiers, who insisted they would search the speaker’s car despite the security details in his entourage disclosed that they had orders from above to search the Speaker.
Meanwhile, other top dignitaries at the occasion which included Governors were allowed access without any hindrance, while Tambuwal who is the number four citizen in the country’s official cadre after the President, Vice-President and the Senate President was stopped for security search.
Responding to the incident through his spokesman, Imam Imam, the speaker lamented that the soldiers disregarded the legislative institution with their attitude.
“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, ” he said.
It was, however, gathered that the soldiers did not search Tambuwal’s car after he had walked into the venue.