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Obasanjo gives reaons for his absence at Buhari’s inaguration, Presidency replies

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Following his absence at the May 29 inaguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for second term, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he was not invited.

Obasanjo, who was also absent at the Democracy Day celebration, said the invitation letters did not reach him, while Presidency claims the delivery of the letter and invitation cards as delivered by the courier company which was confirmed by Mr. Taiwo Ojo, the long standing Personal Secretary to the former President.

The former president has taken to newspapers, exonorating his absence at the swearing at the 2019 Presidency inaguration, but the Presidency rebuffed that he owes an answer to Nigerians

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, added, “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.

“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.”

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