The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhamadu Buhari on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu has stated that his principal failed to turn up at the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Ibrahim Attahiru and others because of the problem associated with his movement within Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The disclosure is coming on the heels of criticism that has been generated as Nigerians continue give the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led government knocks for shunning the event.
Neither Buhari, his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo nor the leadership of the National Assembly attended the event, except for the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi, who stood in for the president.
Speaking in a television programme monitored by our correspondent in Lagos on Wednesday, who expressed regrets for lapse stated that ordinarily the president would have attended the event but for the burden usually associated with his movement in Abuja.
According to Shehu, “The president does not like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road whenever he is out for an event outside Aso Rock.”
He added that “I was in Europe myself on assignment and I have not spoken to the president on this but let me give you just one example: The president is somebody who is so concerned about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.
“Do you know why he now prays his Jumaat in the state house and doesn’t go to the national mosque? Because he doesn’t like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road for the president to have the right of way.”