Monday, September 11, 2017

Presidency Finally Reacts, Says, 'Buhari Didn't Snub Governor Ganduje'

The Presidency has denied reports that President Muhammadu Buhari shunned the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during the recent Eid-el-Kabir holiday which the President observed in his home town of Daura, Katsina State.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement on Monday.

Adesina described the report as the handiwork of mischief makers and called on Nigerians to disregard it.

He said Ganduje was one of the governors who visited Buhari when he was in London for his medical leave.

The President’s spokesman said it was, therefore, absurd that Ganduje, who was given access to Buhari in London, would be barred from seeing him in Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to incorrect reports that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to grant audience to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State during the recent Eid-el-Kabir holidays, which the President observed in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

“The report is perhaps the antics of mischief makers who wish to score cheap political points against the Kano State governor.

“The President had received Governor Ganduje along with others a few weeks ago in London, and the Kano State governor had also welcomed the President, alongside many others, on his return to the country on August 19.

“Why would such a person then be snubbed, as being reported, particularly on social media?

“Governor Ganduje had visited Daura during the Sallah holidays to commiserate with the Emir of Daura, His Royal Highness Faruk Faruk, who had recently lost his younger brother, Barde n’Daura.

“The governor then used the opportunity to be part of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.”

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