It is no longer news that the senate president, Senator Bukola Saraki was stoned and attacked at the Eid Prayer Ground in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, but what is news is that the state governor, Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed was aware about the plot to attack him and his predecessor long before it was executed.
OrijoReporter broke the news of the attack on Senator Bukola Saraki at the Eid prayer ground while protesters were hauling stones and sachet water at the tent dignitaries occupied including him on Thursday.
Latest reports have it that people who partook in the stoning of Sen. Saraki are now referred to as Alhajis in the local parlance as the incident coincided with the commencement of the stoning of devil during Hajj in Mecca.
OrijoReporter exclusively gathered that the plan to attack Senator Bukola Saraki and Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed was to be carried out at Eid prayer ground during the Eid-fitri sallah about two months ago in mid July.
A civil servants state workers were being owed salaries like most other states.
It is also the belief of a section of the civil servants and the public that the immediate governor, Senator Bukola Saraki, has unabated looted the state’s treasury and pauperized the state even while he has left office as governor.
It was gathered that when the state benefited from the recent bailout by federal government, it was only the state civil servants who were then owed four months salaries that were paid part of their salaries while their local council counterparts were left in the lurch.
Tension before and after the bailout had been thick in the air. It was said that Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed got wind of the plot to attack him and Senator Bukola Saraki at the Eid prayer ground by workers, and their sympathizers.
He avoided joining other Muslim faithful at Ilorin Eid Prayer Ground at Irewolede in Idi-Road in July. Rather he prayed at his home town in Share in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state while Senator Saraki stayed back in Abuja to join President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja National Mosque so as to consolidate on his position as senate president after his controversial emergence on June 9.
Mindful of the plan to attack him and Senator Bukola Saraki over salary arrears dispute, impeccable sources told OrijoReporter that Gov. Ahmed ensured that all the 16 local councils workers received their July salaries, a month out of the three months backlog of salary arrears on Sallah eve.
The governor also left Ilorin for his home town to observe the eid prayer early Thursday morning, and left Senator Bukola Saraki to face up to the long planned attack alone.