Sequel to reports that president Muhammadu Buhari cancelled his Ogoniland trip, for the commencement oil spillage clean up exercise in the region, slated to take place on Thursday, 2nd June, the presidency has reacted, clarifying that it rather stated that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would stand in for the president at the event.
Speaking to Naij.com on the development, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, Femi Adesina said:
“If the president is supposed to go somewhere and he delegates the vice president to represent him, does it mean cancelled?”
It would be recalled that on Monday, May 30, a statement by the head of corporate affairs unit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, said that President Muhammadu Buahri will be present at the Ogoni land spill clean-up. Amu-Nnadi in his statement said the presidential visit to the area was confirmed to him by the minister of environment, Amina Mohammed. He said:
“I can confirm that President Buhari will visit Ogoni land on June 2 to flag-off clean-up of oil spills in the area as recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.”
Against the backdrop of Buhari’s confirmed visit, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on the eve of the Ogoniland trip on Wednesday, made a broadcast calling for calm and support for the president as a result of the renewed bombing activities of the Niger Delta Avengers militants who had issued a stern warning over the president’s visit. The group threatened to kill the president if he set foot within the region.
Nevertheless, Adesina said the delegation of the presidential visit had nothing to do with the threats. According to him:
“Well the position is this, the president is being represented by the vice president at the flag off of Ogoni clean-up and it has nothing to do with anything. The presidency is one presidency and the president can equally delegate duties to the vice president.”
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