President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, has given justifications why his principal was nonexistent at the burial of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military personnel, aso Naija reports.
Nonetheless, Buhari failed to attend and rather sent a delegation led by the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor.
Talking to Arise News, Shehu on Wednesday said although he had not spoken to the President about the issue, Buhari is troubled about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.
He said, “
I was in Europe myself on assignment and I have not spoken to the president on this but let me give you just one example.
“The president is so concerned about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.
“Do you know why he now prays his Jumaat in the statehouse and doesn’t go to the national mosque? Because he doesn’t like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road for the president to have the right of way.
“These are small things for many people but they are important for President Muhammadu Buhari. So, it is a mourning situation and the president didn’t want to take away attention from that,” he added.