Senate President Bukola Saraki arrived the praying ground in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, in a bulletproof car on Tuesday amid heavy security presence.
Saraki, who was accompanied by a former Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Baraje; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad and a former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, arrived the praying ground at about 8:55 a.m., and waited till 9:33 a.m. when the prayer started.
Back then, as the Senate president and other dignitaries arrived the praying ground, the crowd welcomed them with shouts of “Ole! Ole!! Ole!!! (Thief, thief, thief) in Yoruba, while others were shouting 'Ebi n pa wa!' 'Ebi yii tito Saraki!' 'A o ki run, e fun wa lounje!' ('We are hungry'; 'Enough of this Hunger, Saraki', 'We Refuse to Pray, Give Us Food').
It took the intervention of security agents to restore calm. However, as the dignitaries were filing out, the protesters resumed their chants.
Tuesday's sequence of events was the opposite, though, with Saraki having no need of his security or bulletproof car.