… as Fani-Kayode bemoans action as insensitive, unacceptable
….Reno Omokri says propaganda from Buhari Media Centre on 48 hours security preparation is idiotic.
By Our Correspondent
Abuja (Precise Post) – The APC Support Group has risen in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari for not attending the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other top military officers who were buried in Abuja on Saturday.
The group submitted that “for a President to be at any funeral or event outside the Presidential Villa, the event must have at least 48hs for intelligence operatives to do surveillance and clearance before the President can go based on the Security report.
Stressing that the case of COAS and his team died on Friday and was buried Saturday did not meet the requirements and as such, you don’t expect the President to go there without security clearance.
The group also reminded that in insecurity parlance, funeral ceremonies are where politically exposed persons face more risks.
The APC Support Group which adduced the defence in a statement released via it’s official twitter handle titled: IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW, KNOW IT NOW by Md Awwal Yusuf reads in full:
For a President to be at any funeral or event outside the Presidential Villa, the event must have at least 48hs 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 without security clearance.
The min time of 48hours wasn’t met. In insecurity parlance, funeral ceremonies are where politically exposed persons face more risks.
GEJ could attend Azazi’s burial because it wasn’t done within 24 hours.
Security issues and securing the President are not done by emotions or sentiments. There’re laid down procedures that must be followed.
This 48 hours security protocol further proven with the Jonathan – Yar’Adua’s experience.
It will be recalled that Jonathan too didn’t attend Yar’Adua’s funeral.
On May 6, 2010, former President Umaru Yar’Adua was buried, and Jonathan who succeeded him was absent at the funeral ceremony which held in Katsina.
Jonathan had been sworn in earlier same day, May 6, 2010, as the substantive president same day, and that could be taken as just less than 12 – 24 hours after he became the president.
In a swift reaction, the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has bemoaned the inability of the President and Vice President to attend the funeral of the late COAS, describing it as insensitive and unacceptable.
Fani-Kayode who reacted via his twitter handle said:
“There can be no justification for the President & Vice President’s refusal to attend the funeral of the late COAS. He was buried in Abuja just 10 minutes away from the Villa & yet the C in C or his deputy could not attend? This is insensitive & unacceptable. He was your COAS!”
In the same vein, the Media Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Social Media, Pastor Reno Omokri has taken a swipe on the Buhari Media Center, saying that it’s propaganda that President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend General Attahiru’s funeral because the Presidency needs 48 hours to prepare his security is idiotic.
Pastor Reno also recalled that when President Buhari’s son, Yusuf, was involved in an accident, Buhari was there within 30 minutes!
The tweets read: