Presidency clarifies Buhari’s warning to Uzodinma in Imo state

Written by on September 12, 2021

The Presidency on Sunday cleared the air on the varying interpretations drawn from the concluding remarks of President Muhammadu Buhari during his visit to Imo State last Thursday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, explained this in a statement titled Presidency ‘What President Buhari said (didn’t say) in Imo State.

According to Adesina, “purveyors of misinformation” have “deliberately contorted” the president’s speech out of context.

The statement read, “We have observed that President Buhari’s concluding remarks at the meeting with South-East Leaders during his one-day visit to Imo State is being deliberately contorted and twisted out of context.

“The purveyors of disinformation want Nigerians to believe that the President bluntly told Governor Uzodinma, ‘’I’ll be careful with your future invitations.’

“They have adduced different meanings to the phrase, contrary to the context wherein the President spoke during his successful dialogue with leaders of thought from Igbo land.

“When he arrived at the banquet hall of Imo State Government House for his last assignment in Owerri, the President was welcomed by over 50 leaders from the South East who had waited patiently for him for a Town Hall engagement, after commissioning strategic projects in the State.”

Adesina said that an elated Buhari made it clear that he was expressly overwhelmed by the reception and galaxy of personalities that travelled from the five South Eastern States to have a heart-to-heart discussion with him in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

This, the Presidency says, has no other meaning other than the light nature with which Buhari made the statement.

Source: Punch

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