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Buhari did not attend late COAS Attahiru’s funeral to avoid closing roads ~ Presidency

By Paul Njoku

The presidency has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend the funeral of late chief of army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers who died in an air crash.

The Nation had earlier reported that there was furore over the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral ceremony, in which many Nigerians, who condemned the action, described it as ‘lack of empathy.’

Although Buhari had in a statement released by his spokesman Femi Adesina, expressed sadness over the air crash condoling with families of the deceased, the military, and Nigerians in general, describing them as “heroes who paid the ultimate price for peace and security in the land.”

But Nigerians were displeased over that the president did no attend the funeral rites.

Some other observers wondered why the president who last week returned to Abuja from France where he attended the African Finance Summit did not attend the burial of his top military chief and other military personnel who died on duty.

Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman, who spoke at Arise television program on Wednesday hinted that the “president does not like this idea of closing roads, security people molesting people on the road” whenever he is out for an event outside Aso Rock”

Garba also said, “I was in Europe myself on assignment and I have not spoken to the president but let me give you just one example: The president is someone who is so concerned about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.

He continued, “do you know why he now prays Jumaat in the state house and doesn’t go to the national mosque? Because he doesn’t like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road for the president to have the right of way.

“These are small things for many people but they are important for President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“So, it is a mourning situation and the president didn’t want to take away attention from that”, he added.

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Army probes extortion, murder of woman in Katsina

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, said it has commenced investigation into the alleged extortion and murder of a woman in Yankara Village in Kastina by one of its personnel.

The woman was said to have been arrested on May 7 by a local vigilante group in a commercial vehicle with about N420,000.

She was reportedly handed over to the troops for further investigation on the source of the money but was allegedly killed by the troops.

However, the Army in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, said investigation on the matter has started, assuring Nigerians that personnel found guilty would face the wrath of the law.

He also urged Nigerians to be calm, adding that the investigation would be thorough.

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