“Our other demands included a request to have audience with Mr. President, we demand that arrears of our allowances be paid. We also demanded that we need to be paid our entitlements, and we proposed that for the inconveniences we have suffered in the last 20 months, we demanded to be paid 20 million each. We are growing from one level of protest to another. We don’t know what we are going do next but definitely, we will not keep quiet. If they do not reach out to us for this sallah, on Friday; we have something in mind.”
Former bodyguards to president Muhammadu Buhari during the electioneering campaigns, last year, Wednesday vowed to occupy the presidential villa if allowances owed to them were not paid to enable them cater for their families during the upcoming Sallah celebrations.
The bodyguards who staged a protest at the entrance of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, decried their living conditions.
Their spokesman, Olabiyi Balogun, who spoke with Vanguard on phone said that they had been owed arrears of 17 months even as other of their demands had also fallen on deaf ears. Balogun vowed that the group would continue to protest until their demands are met.
He said: If you recollect, the last time we had a parley with the press was about 4 weeks ago when they asked Mobile policemen to seal off our office, the APC presidential campaign office. From that time till today is 28 days. We had no form of official response to our demands, and it is as a result of that we decided to take the protest further to them. To prove our point we had to stage our protest right to the Villa, this morning. We were stopped.
“The DCP, the squadron commander in the Villa came to address us. He told us that he was sent from inside. He said that the right persons told him that they are already sitting on our issue, and that we should give them between now and the end of the month, that the demands we made would be met. We will abide by our words. We want to give them the benefit of doubt. But the issue right now is sallah. Sallah is on Monday and 80 percent of us are Muslims. They have been paying themselves. They just paid themselves the allowances they owed the personnel in the villa. Each person got N450. One of our demands is that our allowances for the past 17 months should be paid but they have exempted us from the allowances they paid. We are paid N50 per month. That’s the agreement.