Sources disclosed that the Department of State Services (DSS), counseled the President to call off the trip at the last minute, the trip, where he was to launch the clean-up of Ogoniland.
However, for the fact that the presidential advance team made up of protocol, security, medical as well as the media, was already in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, before the announcement of the cancellation, was a proof that the President was as a matter of fact, scheduled to be present at the occasion. But he was reported to have been advised to abort the trip for his own safety. The Eagle Online quoted the top security source as saying:
“There was no reason for the DSS not to have allowed President Buhari undertake the trip. There was no apparent security threat to the President’s life despite statement credited to the new Niger Delta militant group, the Avengers, threatening the life of the President.
“It is most unfortunate that a well planned trip that would have endeared the President to the South-South people was aborted at the last moment.
This historic trip would have remained indelible in the minds of the people. The People of Ogoniland as well as the entire Niger Delta people were waiting anxiously to receive the President only to be told that he would be represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“The security operatives that advised him against going to the Niger Delta just destroyed the goodwill Mr. President would have enjoyed among the people.”
The source went on to say that Buhari’s cancelled trip was also designed to put the National Security Adviser to the President in bad light, as one who doesn’t know what he is doing, alleging that “they have been trying to undermine his office ever since but had repeatedly failed”.
The idea of ascribing health reasons to Buhari’s inability to travel is not healthy for the government, he said. According to him, It portrays the President as a sick president “and that is not the case with President Buhari”.
He therefore advised those close to the President to look into his health issue and find a way of keeping it out of the media.