President Muhammadu Buhari did not show up at Enugu State for an economic summit organized by former Power minister Barth Nnaji. Pro Biafran group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) says that Buhari’s absence at the conference was due to its earlier threat to the Nigerian leader to “stay away” from Southeast Nigeria.
However, a press release by Buhari’s official spokesman, Garba Shehu, is suggesting otherwise.
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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:
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; that given the sensitivity of the period to the people, a presidential visit may come with over exertion 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 organizers chose to do.