Buhari Allegedly Shuns South East Summit Over Fear of Death 

By Ikenga Chronicles December 23, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, December 22 shunned the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit in Enugu State, after the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) threatened they were ready to die along with him should he step his foot into “Biafraland”.

Buhari was slated as the Chief Guest of Honour at the summit that held this Thursday in Enugu State Government House, but neither him nor any of his ministers was at the summit to represent him.

This is even as ministers from the zone all stayed away from the summit, a situation many commentators said might  be connected to IPOB’s vow that any politician of Igbo extraction that accompanied the President to the event, will have himself to blame.

IPOB, whose leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is being held by the Federal Government, had,following the announcement that the President would be visiting Enugu State for the summit, released a statement, warning Buhari to stay away from the South-East in his own interest.

It also warned all politicians from the zone not to get involved in the president’s visit, having accused him of persecuting the Igbos.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman of the South-East Security and Economic Summit, former Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji said, “We have not seen the President.”

Afterwards, when it became clear the President was neither going to be physically present nor represented, Nnaji substituted his name with that of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was present at the event as the ‘Distinguished Guest of Honour’, in the introductory part of a prepared address where he was to thank Buhari for attending the occasion as the Chief Guest of Honour.

This is not the first time Buhari will refuse to honour his appointment following threats by his subjects.

Following threats by Niger Delta Avengers against the President’s proposed visit to Ogoniland in Rivers State early June, Buhari, in what appeared like last minute change of mind, sent instead, his Vice Yemi Osinbajo to go in his stead.

However, in the case of the Enugu summit, it is not yet clear why the President neither honoured the appointment nor sent anybody to represent him.

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