Nigerian Youths Stone President Goodluck Jonathan’s Convoy
Youths angry at the Nigerian government’s failure to fight Boko Haram extremists have thrown stones at President Goodluck Jonathan’s electioneering convoy in the eastern town of Jalingo, breaking windshields and windows on several vehicles.
Police used teargas and whips to disperse the mob.
From Jalingo, Jonathan flew to Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where officials had declared the route of his motorcade a no-go area. The presidential cavalcade had already been stoned in the northern city of Katsina and in Bauchi in the north-east last week. Youths in Bauchi flung shoes and plastic bottles at Jonathan’s podium at a rally.
In Jalingo, soldiers guarded billboards and posters of Jonathan, who is running for re-election on 14 February. Protesters shouted that the troops should instead be fighting the Boko Haram insurgents blamed for the deaths of some 10,000 people in the past year.