…as Tambuwal donates blood to survivors of Nyanya bomb blast
BY EMMAN OVUAKPORIE & LEVINUS NWABUGHIOGU
ABUJA — BARELY 24 hours after the Nyanya bomb blast, there was pandemonium, yesterday, at the National Assembly as staff abandoned their duty-posts as early as 1.30p.m. to avoid being killed by a bomb allegedly planted in the complex.
Some workers, who spoke to Vanguard, claimed that there was an order that they should vacate the complex for security reasons.
Commercial banks operating within the complex closed shop at about 1p.m., claiming that there was an order that they should vacate the complex.
Attempts to get clarifications from the civil servants proved abortive as most of them declared that they were on their way home.
The bomb scare story started at about 11a.m. when it was rumoured that there was a bomb planted in the complex and that an order from an unidentified source said that all commercial food vendors should vacate the complex immediately.
By 2.30p.m., all staff of NASS had left the complex.
But a senior security aide to the Clerk of the House of Representatives, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Vanguard that “there was no instruction to that effect that they should vacate the complex.
”It is all rumour and you know how our staff behave; they just want to go home, it is unfortunate.”
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, also yesterday, promised to donate blood to survivors of Nyanya bomb blast.
Tambuwal made this disclosure when he visited survivors of the blast at the National Hospital.
Fielding questions from journalists, Tambuwal said Nigerians should stop paying lip service to the issue of insecurity in the country.
Accompanied by the Deputy Minority Leader, Abdulraman Kawu, and chairmen of the House Committees on Defence and the Police, Bashir Adamu and Usman Kumo respectively, the Speaker said: “As leaders in this country, we must all come together and support the government in addressing this challenge of insecurity.
“We should stop playing politics, we should address the issue and it is not about any religion. It is unfortunate; we must rise to the challenge and address this challenge.
”I will go to the National Blood Transfusion Centre and donate some blood for the victims. And I call on well meaning Nigerians who have the capacity to donate blood to please come out and donate blood and whatever is required for the survival of the victims.”
On his motivation to donate blood to the victims, the Speaker said he was moved by the humanity in him.