It Wasn’t IPOB Warning, Buhari Didn’t Want To Disrupt Christmas – Presidency
The Nigerian presidency has debunked reports that President Muhammadu Buhari chickened out of attending the one-day South East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu this week.
Shehu Garba, a spokesperson to President Buhari, made the clarification in statement on Friday, December 22, 2016.
“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 statement said.
“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 organizers chose to do.”
The statement stressed that the president did not, and he absolutely has no reason to snub anyone one.