The Presidency has offered explanations on the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the burial of late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers at the National Military Cemetery, Abuja, weekend.
Reason: President Buhari needed a clearance of 48 hours for him to be able to depart the Presidential Villa to any event.
The late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other military officers died in a military plane crash in Kaduna, Friday, May 21, 2021, and were buried Saturday, May 2. But Buhari’s absence had triggered comments on lack of empathy for the fallen heroes.
Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, twitted via her Twitter handle Monday, May 24: “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. So, be enlightened,” Onochie stressed.