President Muhammadu Buhari was yesterday honored by an American Professor who wrote the President’s biography.
The venue of the event, the International Conference Center Abuja, was packed with high-ranking politicians and officials.
Surprisingly, former vice president Atiku Abubakar was not at the event. He rather met with former president Goodluck Jonathan at another venue.
Explaining his absence, Atiku’s media adviser, Paul Ibe said, “For inexplicable reasons, the former Vice President only received his invitation today (Monday) after the event had started.
“It is on record that the invitation for the Turakin Adamawa was delivered to the Atiku Center on October 1.
“This was just 40 hours before the present’s book launch.
“The former vice president had traveled to Gombe State to honor the invitation for the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the 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 program had commenced.
“As a former Vice-President that is well-schooled in the demands of protocol, it would have been inappropriate to storm the event while President Buhari was already seated with other dignitaries including visiting Heads of Government to the occasion,” Atiku said.
It was however revealed that Atiku had secretly met with former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, at Nnamdi Azikwe airport in Abuja.
Details of the meeting was not immediately made available to newsmen.
Speculations are that Atiku’s absence is related to recent face-off between him and the presidency.
Following Atiku’s meeting with GEJ, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee (NCC) and the faction led by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff have resolved to meet with GEJ too.
The meeting with the former president and governors is scheduled to take place between Wednesday and Thursday.