It would appear that President Goodluck Johathan learnt quite a lesson from the incident in Uganda where it was reported that the President’s car was stoned by the mob in the capital Kampala where he had gone to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni.
The Punch reported that “The Kwara State Police Command has said that it has deployed 5,000 police personnel to maintain law and order during Tuesday’s official visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state.Jonathan is expected to inaugurate various projects which include the Ilorin International Cargo Terminal Building; the Mass Train Transit Scheme; the Ilorin Expanded Water Works Project at Asa-dam; the Kwara College of Aviation, and the Kwara State University. He is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari.”
Ezekiel, the police state command said “The police is fully prepared for the President’s visit. We are presently beginning to deploy our men in various places the President is coming to visit and the routes he is going to take.”
From all indications, it would seem that neither the President nor his aides are eager to experience the same sort of reception that they received at Uganda, but 5,000 policemen? That’s like twice or thrice the number of people required to cause a significant unrest. Once bitten twice shy….
Obanor C. Riomachi