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Presidency asks Obasanjo to Explain Absence at Democracy Day Celebration

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The Presidency has responded to claims that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo was not invited to the June 12 Democracy Day celebrations in Abuja.

Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, in a statement, said that Obasanjo “owes an answer to Nigerians on his absence from the 2019 Presidential inauguration and Democracy Day celebration because the claim that he was not invited or he did not receive an invitation cannot be sustained.”

Speaking to Vanguard earlier this week, Obasanjo’s media aide Kehinde Akinyemi said the former president did not get the invitation.

“The former President did not get the invitation. I did not say that he was not invited but he did not get the invitation to attend the event,” Mr Akinyemi said in a June 16 report by the Vanguard Newspaper. The invitation might have been lost in transit. What I can say is that Baba did not get the invitation,” Akinyemi was quoted as saying.

In his statement, Garba Shehu said:

The fact remains that the Sec. to the Government, Boss Mustapha wrote on May 16th, 2019 to: “His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Agbe L’Oba House, Quarry Road, Ibara, 2286, Abeokuta, Ogun State.”

The invitation was sent to Chief Obasanjo’s known forwarding address, detailing out all the major events, and the invitation cards were delivered by a reputable courier company as confirmed.

The receipt of the letter and invitation cards as delivered by the courier company was confirmed by Mr. Taiwo Ojo, the long standing Personal Secretary to the former President.

If, in the circumstance, Chief Obasanjo did not see or receive the letter and invitation cards as published by Vanguard newspaper (Page 16, June 16, 2019) and several other news platforms, then the former President needs to find out what is happening with his own secretariat.

The government office did its job diligently and should not be blemished for no reason.

Obasanjo, as well as all other living heads of state of Nigeria, were absent at the first Democracy Day to be celebrated on June 12th.

 

5 Comments

  1. Olowokekere

    June 20, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Na ogun go kill of una…

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  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    June 20, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Former Nigeria President did not owe anybody an explanation as to why he did not attend the celebration of Democracy day. That’s his right to grace the occasion or not.Mr. Obasanjo’s media aide does not have to stoop so low to lying about the whole thing. period. Mr Obasanjo should stand up and give a flimsy excuse
    just like he did on August 25, 1989 when he wasted my time and others. When we chose him as our guest speaker for our charter presentation ceremony of our club. The Rotaract club of Lagos central district 9110. He promised Rotarian Badru Olaogun to send someone to remind him a week before the occasion. As one of the members of the organizing committee of the club. That became an additional responsibility for me. On 18th of August,1989. I traveled to his Ota farm to remind him. when I arrived at his Ota farm I was welcomed by his assistants and was quickly ushered to the conference room where he was at the time. He welcomed me to his farm and promised me that he will grace the occasion a week later. on the 25th August came mr, Obasanjo was a no show just like he did on democracy day. He did what he has to do. never show up as promised. Since that day I have come to regard him as someone you can not count on his promises. Now you know. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying

  3. Insidelife

    June 20, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Na ogun go kill all of una…

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  4. Momoh Ibrahim

    June 21, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Nice blog post. But why was he not invited

  5. by_stander

    June 21, 2019 at 10:20 am

    The bigger question is how many people actually feel like celebrating democracy day in Nigeria?

    A country where people’s inalienable rights and right to earn a living are being infringed upon by Lawyers and Accountants for financial benefit?

    A country where rent-seekers have set up a rent-seeking pyramid scheme through legislation and regulation?

    If i am Obasanjo i would ask what exactly did i miss, knowing fully well Baba grew up in a better country than we have today.

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