Eyewitnesses said as the thugs sighted the SSA they started chanting: “We are not with you and will not allow you to vote.”
President Goodluck Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on School Agriculture, Dr. Baraka Sani, on Saturday, March 28, escaped death in Kano State.
Suspected political thugs reportedly prevented her from voting at Jigriya Ward in Dakatar Quarters, Nasarawa area of Kano.
Sani was attempting to cast her vote when the thugs stoned her with pebbles before she was rescued by an onlooker, as she was shielded and escorted from the scene of the incident to a waiting black Honda Pilot Jeep, which zoomed off immediately.
According to Punch, eyewitnesses said as the thugs sighted the SSA they started chanting: “Ba muayi, ba zaki ye zabe ba,” meaning, “We are not with you and will not allow you to vote.”
The 10 minutes scuffle left Sani’s aides injured.
The president’s aid later came back to vote at the polling unit having mobilised a combined team of security operatives, comprising the Army, Air Force, Directorate of State Security and the Police, who ensured her safety throughout the voting process.
Speaking on the incident, Sani asked rhetorically; “Is that the kind of change Nigerians are yearning for, where Nigerians would be denied their constitutional right? Is this the kind of change that women will be summoned before the ICC?
“Is this the kind of change that the opposition is denigrating women that they will never again participate in the political process, limiting their freedom of expression, freedom and constitutional right?”