Inauguration Letter: Obasanjo Lied, Presidency Fumes
Says letter, invitation cards to inauguration ceremonies were received by his long-time secretary
The Presidency has responded to the claim by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that he did not attend the 2019 Presidential inauguration and Democracy Day celebration because he was not invited nor did he receive an invitation.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu denied the claim in a State House press release.
Mallam Shehu not only asserted that Obasanjo was duly informed but that he “owes an answer to Nigerians on his absence” from the event as the claim cannot be sustained.
He stated: “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.
“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, 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,” he concluded.