The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s claim that he did not get an invite to attend the 2019 Presidential Inauguration and Democracy Day celebrations ‘cannot be sustained.’
Shehu therefore opined that the former President owes Nigerians an answer as to why he did not attend the 2019 Inauguration and Democracy Day events.
Shehu wrote on his verified Twitter handle, @GarShehu, that the claim by the former President that he did not get an invite to the event cannot be farther from the truth given the circumstances of the delivery of the invitation cards for the events.
According to Shehu, the invitation letters to the events were distributed by what Shehu called ‘reputable courier company.’
He wrote further that Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was specifically invited by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, on May 16th.
President Obasanjo’s letter was also confirmed to have been delivered by the reputable courier company to president Obasanjo’s forwarding address, to which his invitation letter was addressed to, Shehu noted.
“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, P. O. Box 2286,Abeokuta, Ogun State.’ ”
Shehu claimed that the delivery of the letter was confirmed by Mr. Taiwo Ojo, the longstanding personal secretary to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Shehu said elements who wish to see Nigeria on the path of polarization have cashed in on the claim by the former President by throwing ‘all manner of rubbish’ at President Buhari.
“Since the claim was first made, elements in the polity that have deliberately and consistently been trying to lead the country toward polarization have cashed in on it, throwing all manner of rubbish at the Buhari Presidency.”
Shehu noted that as far as government was concerned, it did its job and should not be blamed for the failure of Obasanjo to attend the events.
He wrote further:
“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.”
Shehu consequently wrote that the government was not culpable and should” not be blemished for no reason” on account of President Obasanjo’s claims on his absence at the events.
See the link below to read more about Shehu’s tweet and the reactions to it.
The former President, Chief Olusegun 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.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) June 19, 2019