The Presidency on Wednesday in a statement issued by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to state why he shunned June 12 Democracy Day inauguration.
Shehu in his statement noted that Obasanjo was invited for the event, but he however ignored it.
“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 towards polarisation 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 16, 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 Chief Obasanjo did not see or receive the letter and invitation cards, 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 was not the only former Nigerian leader who ignored the June 12 Democracy Day event. Former Nigerian leaders including Goodluck Jonathan, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalam Abubakar were absent at the event which was held at the Eagle Square in Abuja.
President Buhari declared June 12 as Democracy Day in honour of MKO Abiola. He also renamed the Abuja National Stadium to his (Abiola) name.
Obasanjo has been widely criticised for not honouring Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12 1993 presidential election, throughout his eight (8) years as president.
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