Why Buhari did not attend late COAS Attahiru’s funeral, by Presidency




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The presidency has explained President did not attend the funeral of late chief of army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 military who died in an air crash.

The had earlier reported that there furore over the absence of President and his Vice, at the funeral ceremony, in which many Nigerians, who condemned the action, described it as ‘lack of empathy.’


Although Buhari had in a released by his spokesman Femi Adesina, expressed sadness over the air crash condoling with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for and security in the land.”

But Nigerians were displeased over the president’s absence at the funeral rites.

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Some observers wondered the president who last week returned to Abuja from France where he attended the African Finance did not attend the burial of his top military chief and military personnel who died on duty.

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on and Publicity, Garba Shehu who spoke at Arise TV monitored by The , hinted that the president does not like “this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the ” whenever he is out for an event outside Aso Rock.

He said: “I in Europe myself on assignment and I have not spoken to the president on this but let me give you just example: The president is somebody who is so concerned about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.

“Do you know he now prays his Jumaat in the state house and doesn’t go to the mosque? Because he doesn’t like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the for the president to have the right of way.”

“These are small things for many people but they are important for President . So, it is a mourning situation and the president didn’t want to take away attention from that,” he added.

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