Monday, 23 May 2016
Presidency speaks on why Buhari postponed Lagos visit
The Presidency has attributed the postponement of President Muhammdu Buhari’s planned two-day state visit to Lagos to what it called “scheduling difficulties.”
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained this to journalists on Sunday.
Shehu said Buhari needed more time for the Lagos trip as well as a similar one to Edo State which had earlier been stepped down.
He said the President would embark on the trips after Ramadan.
The presidential spokesman said, “The President is faced with scheduling difficulties and that is the reason for the postponement of the Visit.
” He needs more time for Lagos and for Edo which had earlier been stepped down.
“As a result of this, the visit has been scaled down and he is being represented by His Excellency the Vice-President, who is going to Lagos to commission a few projects, leaving the rest for Mr. President.
“The President will undertake these visits after the Ramadan.”
The spokesman for the Vice-President, Laolu Akande, also on Sunday issued a two-paragraph statement on the issue.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari will be represented in Lagos State tomorrow (Monday) on an official visit by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
“On behalf of the President, Prof. Osinbajo would commission a number of projects in the state as part of the visit.”