Friday, June 21, 2019


The Presidency asked the Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday to explain why he was not present on Democracy Day June 12.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said that the Presidency said that Obasanjo was invited for that event in Abuja. 

Obasanjo who has been the President of Nigeria should recognized May 29 as Democracy Day. Even the June 12, that was named National Stadium in Abuja after MKO Abiola. Mr President had earlier been declared that day as the country's Democracy Day. 

The statement read as follows:
 “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.”

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