Why I Was Missing in South -East Summit–Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles December 23, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, December 23 revealed why he declined to attend the recent South-East Economic Summit held in Enugu.

Buhari made the disclosure in a statement made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Recall that Buhari had on Wednesday shunned the maiden South-East Economic and Security Summit, held in Enugu State, after the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) threatened to kill the President on arrival.

Buhari, who was slated as the Chief Guest of Honour at the Summit which held on Thursday, at the Enugu State Government House, was conspicuously missing, as neither him, nor any representative from his government was at the Summit.

The IPOB had on 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 Ndigbo.

While commenting on his absence, Shehu said that Buhari was advised by some stakeholders from the region not to attend on Thursday as scheduled in view of the closeness of the date to Christmas.

The statement read, “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 to not 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 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 can 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 one.”

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