By Mark Orgu,-June 20, 2019, news/comments
ABUJA– THE Presidency yesterday night, Wednesday, finally replied former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, over his claim of not receiving invitation to attend June 12, democracy day celebration at the Eagle Square, now MKO Abiola Stadium. The former President was quoted to would have said, “I did not receive any invitation for the ceremony”.
It could be recall that no Nigerian former President or past Heads of State were in attendance except African leaders’ and Foreign Diplomat Corps, numbering up to twenty. Many therefore see this as a setback in Nigeria’s democratic system longing for redemption from its lack of will power from its leaders.
.Meanwhile, Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja said that the former President cannot sustain his claims that he did not receive any invitation. His words “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.
“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. “The fact remains that the Secretary 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.”
“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.”
At attempt to speak with former President Obasanjo’s aide to respond to this proved abortive
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