The Presidency apologizes for its absence at the meeting with South-South Governors

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As response to the demand for apology from South-South Governors for abruptly staying away from an agreed meeting with leaders and Governors of the region last week Tuesday, the Presidency has expressed regret over its absence at the meeting and have appealed for a reschedule of the meeting to another convenient date

In an apology press release signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu and forwarded to 9news Nigeria, the Presidency cited security reasons as one of the critical motive for it absence:

The press statement from the Presidency reads:

“The Presidency wishes to explain that the absence of the federal government delegation at the planned meeting with governors and stakeholders of the South-South region was necessitated by an emergency security meeting summoned by the President, certainly not out of disrespect”.

“The delegation to the meeting, under the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, ministers and heads of security and intelligence agencies were in full readiness to proceed to Port Harcourt until they were directed to stay back for the emergency security meeting”.
“This information and regret for the inconvenience caused were conveyed to the hosts of the meeting through what we believed were the right channels”.

“A may have been gleaned from the statement read by the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi, the extraordinary National Security Council meeting, under the President, was called in view of the gravity of the security situation affecting all parts of the country, including the South-South in the aftermath of the ENDSARS protests, and the need to rise to protect our national security and territorial integrity”.

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“The President is strongly and resolutely committed to hearing from leaders, stakeholders and our youth on burning issues affecting all parts of the federation, and to this effect, a new date for the meeting with the South-South will be agreed after due consultations with the parties concerned.
Once again, the unavoidable postponement of the meeting is regretted”.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 18, 2020

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