by Segun Odeleye
Nigeria’s Vice President Namadi Sambo has denied reports that he prevented former Federal Capital Territory Minister Nasir el-Rufai from speaking at the one-year anniversary lecture of ex-Kaduna State Governor, the late Patrick Yakowa.
The Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the vice president, Umar Sani, released a statement in which he clarified that the Yakowa family was solely in charge of the event’s invitation and programme.
Sambo accused El-Rufai of using the opportunity to “renew his usual verbal vituperations on the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
He said that “All those who were billed to speak at the event and whose names were in the programme spoke. For someone who was invited by the family to speak one wonders why his name was absent in the programme.
“Why would the Vice President’s presence generate any problem for him, was he not aware that the Vice President was a special guest and was billed to speak at the event, which was advertised in our national newspapers?”
He said the memorial lecture of Yakowa couldn’t be the only avenue or platform for el-Rufai to raise questions on the present happenings in the state if he wanted to.
“As a concerned Nigerian, does he not have other avenues to air his views on the happenings in the state?”