Why Buhari did not attend South East Economic and Security Summit — Presidency

Posted by Newsexpress | 24 December 2016 | 1,706 times

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President Buhari

Contrary to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari snubbed the recent South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu, below is the accurate account, according to his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) Garba Shehu:

“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 not to go in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas; 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 could 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.”

•President Buhari.


Source: Newsexpress

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