Why Buhari was absent at the burial of COAS, others -Presidency explains

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Following the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari at the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and other officers in Abuja on Saturday, which has got Nigerians talking. the Presidency, in its defence, said that the President needed 48 hours clearance to be able to physically attend the burial.

The absence of Buhari at the burial on Saturday triggered a public uproar as he was accused of lacking empathy.

On Friday, Attahiru and ten other military officers died in plane crash in Kaduna.

Lauretta Onochie, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Media, through her verified Twitter handle @Laurestar, explained that Buhari needed at least 48 hour clearance to attend any funeral or event outside the Villa.

Onochie who said she was unaware of this protocol until it was shared by one Muhammed Yusuf.

She tweeted: “For a President to be at any funeral or event outside the Presidential Villa, the event must have at least 48 hours for intelligence operatives to do surveillance and clearance before the President can go based on the Security report.

“In a case where the COAS and his team died yesterday and had to be buried today, you don’t expect the President to go there where there is no security clearance.

“The minimum time of 48 hours wasn’t met. In insecurity parlance, funeral ceremonies are where politically exposed persons face more risks.

Security issues and securing the President are not done by emotions or sentiments. There’re laid down procedures that must be followed. Be enlightened.”

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