Why Buhari Didn’t Attend Burial Of Army Chief, Others– Presidential Aide
The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has adduced reason for the refusal of the president to attend the Saturday’s burial of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other military officers who died in a plane crash in Kaduna on Friday.
Platinum Post reports that there have been mounting criticisms and condemnations of the President’s decision to shun the burial, which took place at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.
But in a post on her verified Twitter handle on Sunday, Onochie said for a President to at any funeral or event outside the Villa, the event must have at least 48 hours interval.
The Presidential aide, however, said she was not aware of such rule before it was shared by one Muhammed Yusuf.
” For a President to be at any funeral or event outside the Presidential Villa, the event must have at least 48 hours for intelligence operatives to do surveillance and clearance before the President can go based on the Security report.
” In a case where the COAS and his team died yesterday and had to be buried today, you don’t expect the President to go there where there is no security clearance.
” The minimum time of 48 hours wasn’t met. In insecurity parlance, funeral ceremonies are where politically exposed persons face more risks.
” Security issues and securing the President are not done by emotions or sentiments. There’re laid down procedures that must be followed. Be enlightened. ”
Nigeria is a federal republic currently under a strong presidential administration, a National Assembly made up of 2 chambers— a Senate and a House of Representatives— and a judiciary. It has 36 administrative divisions known as states. Each of the states is divided into local governments. Thus, Nigeria has 3 tiers of government: national, state, and local.
Nigeria emerged from British colonial rule with a multi-party system deemed essential to democratic governance. However, those political parties were not differentiated or distinguished from each other by any political or economic ideology. Rather, they were essentially ethnic and regionally based and were preoccupied with promoting ethnic and regional interests.
The politics of ethnic and regional security play a key role in Nigeria’s political and economic development as well as its role in Africa and the world in general. It is the major source of the growing political crisis in Nigeria. It undermines the selection of responsible and responsive national leadership by politicizing ethnicity.
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