At the launch of a book written in honour of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Monday, one notable absentee was former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
The event had several APC national chieftains, former heads of state, amongst others in attendance, but Atiku was conspicuously absent.
He released a statement on Monday explaining that he was absent at the public presentation of the authorised biography, ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’ because he got the invitation to the event late.
“For inexplicable reason, the former Vice President only received his invitation today (Monday) after the event had started,” said Paul Ibe, media aide to the former vice president.
“It is on record that the invitation for the Turakin Adamawa was delivered to the Atiku Centre on October 1, 40 hours before the event of today, and only after the former Vice President had travelled to Gombe to honour the invitation for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the creation of creation of the State. The former Vice-President returned to Abuja on Sunday night, October 2.
“The invitation letter signed September 30, 2016, the last working day of the week was handed over to Atiku Abubakar today (Monday), after the programme had commenced,” he said.
“As a former Vice-President well-schooled in the demands of protocol, it would have been inappropriate of the Turakin Adamawa to storm into the event while Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-in-chief was already seated with other dignitaries including visiting Heads of Government to the occasion,” the statement said.