Why President Buhari Failed to Attend S’East Submit – Presidency

Presidency said on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari did not snub the South-East Economic and Security Summit held on Thursday in Enugu.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu said rather, the President was advised by some stakeholders from the region not to attend the submit in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas.
Shehu said Buhari was told that a presidential visit at this time of the year might be disruptive of Christmas.
The pro-Biafra group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had a day before the submit protested the invitation of Buhari to the event and threatened to make his visit unwelcomed.
They had advised him against stepping his foot on Biafra partly because of his perceived hatred for Igbo ethnic group and that their son, former Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, was still in incarceration.
The statement read, “The President was presented with a request to attend the Economic and Security Summit by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu. The President happily accepted.
“The visit to Enugu was scheduled for Thursday 22nd as can be found on the weekly programme.
“After this was done, some other stakeholders from the South East came and advised him to not go in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas; that given the sensitivity of the period to the people, a presidential visit may come with overexertion and possibly, be disruptive of Christmas.
“In view of this, President Buhari requested that the event be pushed forward to January, 2017. Given his nature, he did not insist. He said if the change of date is not possible, then the event can go on without him. That is what the organisers chose to do.
“The President did not, and he absolutely has no reason to snub anyone one.”

Author: News Editor

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