Leadership (Abuja)

17 August 2014

Nigeria: Displaced Emir of Gwoza Meets Jonathan

After a week in hiding from the Boko Haram terrorists atop the rocky hills of his domain, the Emir of Gwoza, His Royal Highness Muhammadu Idrisa Timta, yesterday met with the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan. The president was said to have assured him that the Nigerian forces would soonest reclaim his domain for him.

The embattled Emir, who was helped to descend the mountains alongside other displaced subjects in their hundreds, was received at Madagali by the Nigerian security forces, from where he was whisked to Abuja on Tuesday.

Throughout his stay on the hills of Gwoza, his displaced subjects had all the while shielded him from the general public. The media as well as some security operatives were told that he had long escaped to some unknown destination.

Some of his subjects later explained that they did that to protect him from the Boko Haram gunmen who were out to kill him.

While in Abuja, the duo of Borno State governor Kashim Shettima and the senator representing southern Borno and native of Gwoza, Muhammed Ali Ndume, were able to arrange the displaced Emir's meeting with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

The Emir, accompanied by Governor Shettima, Senator Ndume and some top officials of the Department of State Services in Borno State, was received by President Jonathan about 11:05am. The president sympathized with him and other displaced people of Gwoza.

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