The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, was on Thursday stoned by angry worshippers at the Yidi Ground, Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Saraki was stoned alongside other dignitaries during the special Eid-el-Kabir prayers held in the ancient town, with some vehicles destroyed.
Sources at the scene told The Eagle Online that the anger was over the unpaid salaries of the state’s civil servants.
The state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, had during the week directed that civil servants, especially those at the local government level, should be paid their salaries. Ahmed said loans should be sourced from banks for the salary.
Kwara State, like so many other states of the Federation, have been unable to meet their financial obligations to workers owing to dwindling allocation from the Federal Government.
However, some equally alleged that the worshippers were still protesting the alleged sale of a large portion of the praying ground by Saraki.
It was learnt that indigenes of Ilorin based in Abuja had expressed anger at the Senate president when he showed up after his election to pray alongside President Muhammadu Buhari at the National Mosque in Abuja.
Some of them, it was learnt, had vowed to “show him” their other side when they gather for the Eid prayers.
The alleged sale of the praying ground had been an issue over the years.
Among those at the praying ground when the attack took place were the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; former Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Hon. Ali Ahmad; member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Razak Atunwa; and a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje.