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Friday, 23 December 2016

Buhari did not cancel going to Enugu because of IPOB--Presidency



The Presidency has debunked claims that President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled
his plan visit to the South East as a result of threats issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Recall that the President was billed to attend the South East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu but was threatened by the IPOB to stay from the region. The Presidency has however debunked the claim in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Read the statement below:
 "WHY PRESIDENT BUHARI DID NOT ATTEND THE SOUTH EAST ECONOMIC AND SECURITY SUMMIT - PRESIDENCY

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; 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 organizers chose to do.
The President did not, and he absolutely has no reason to snub anyone.

GARBA SHEHU
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media and Publicity)
December 23, 2016"

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