Abuja - The presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari did
not snub organisers of the recent South-East Economic and Security Summit
held in Enugu.
In a statement, Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said in Abuja on Friday that the
President did not, and he absolutely had no reason to snub anyone.
Garba said 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 Dec. 22 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
“That given the sensitivity of the period to the people, a
presidential visit may come with overexertion and possibly be disruptive of
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“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 was not possible, then the
event could go on without him. That was what the organisers chose to do.
“The President did not, and he absolutely has no reason to
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