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Why Buhari was absent at the burial of COAS, others – Presidency

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The Presidency stated that President Muhammad Buhari needed 48 hours clearance to be able to physically attend the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers in Abuja on Saturday.

 

Buhari’s absence at their burial on Saturday triggered a public uproar as some accused him of lacking empathy.

Attahiru and ten other military officers died in the Friday’s plane crash in Kaduna.

Why Buhari was absent at the burial of COAS, others - Presidency
Why Buhari was absent at the burial of COAS, others – Presidency

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, through her verified Twitter handle @Laurestar, explained that Buhari needed at least 48-hour clearance to attend any funeral or event outside the Villa.

 

 


Onochie who said she was unaware of this protocol until it was shared by one Muhammed Yusuf.

 

She tweeted: “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.”

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