Contrary to reports credited to some media houses, the Presidency has disclosed that a visit to Chibok where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by terrorists on April 14 was not on President Goodluck Jonathan’s schedule.
While responding to insinuations that the visit had been cancelled, Reuben Abati, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said “every trip by the President is usually pre-announced. The Presidency did not at any time announce a trip to Chibok today. Ignore rumours
The statement issued by my office yesterday indicated clearly that the President is scheduled to travel to Paris today. It is therefore wrong and malicious to allege that a non-existent trip was cancelled. ”
The media had been awash with reports that the President would be visiting Chibok, Borno State. Incidentally, the Presidency had issued a statement on Thursday in which it was revealed that the President would be attending a summit in Paris alongside the Heads of Governments from Cameroun, Chad Benin Republic and Niger.