The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has explained why President Muhammadu Buhari did not attend the funeral of late chief of army staff Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other military officers who died in an air crash.

Shehu spoke at Arise TV programme, said that the president does not like “this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road” whenever he is out for an event outside Aso Rock.

Many Nigerians have condemned the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral ceremony.

The Presidential spokesman while reacting said: “I was in Europe myself on assignment and I have not spoken to the president on this but let me give you just one example: The president is somebody who is so concerned about the safety and wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians on the streets.

“Do you know why he now prays his Jumaat in the state house and doesn’t go to the national mosque? Because he doesn’t like this idea of closing roads, security men molesting people on the road for the president to have the right of way.”

“These are small things for many people but they are important for President Muhammadu Buhari. So, it is a mourning situation and the president didn’t want to take away attention from that,” Shehu added.

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