The presidency has reacted over their inability to attend a meeting slated with South-south governors and other prominent figures in the region on Tuesday.
Recall that the South south leaders who converged in Rivers State yesterday waited for the presidential delegates to grace the meeting but were disappointed when they were informed that the delegates won’t be available for the meeting because of circumstances beyond their control.
Out of anger, the governors and other leaders of the region yesterday night told the presidency to tender apology to the leaders of the region. Ifeanyi Okowa who chaired the meeting yesterday said the action of the presidency was an embarrassment and insult to the region.
However, the presidency in a statement through Garba Shehu has said the reason for the absense of the presidential delegates from the meeting was as a result of emergency security meeting summoned by the President, certainly not out of disrespect.
GGarba Shehu said, “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.
“As 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.
“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.”
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