The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral of late President Shehu Shagari.
The opposition in a statement on Monday said it is highly “unpardonable and a very wrong precedence in our national protocol,” for Buhari to have missed the funeral of Nigeria’s first executive president.
We condemn in strong terms, the conspicuous absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the burial of our highly respected former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on Saturday, December 29, 2018.
President Buhari’s absence at the funeral, particularly regarding Shehu Shagari’s status, as the first Executive President of our country, is unpardonable and a very wrong precedence in our national protocol.
PDP in the statement noted further that said the absence of both the President, sent a wrong signal to the international community on how national values and patriots are treated .
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This action of President Buhari and his Vice has also sent a very wrong signal to members of the international community on how we honour our national values and respect for our patriots.
Sadly, while the former President Shagari was at the National Hospital Abuja, passing through his last moments, President Buhari was busy campaigning in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, boasting of how he sacked the 2nd Republic, arrested and locked up Shagari and others.
Such disdain for our respected national figure by Buhari is completely unpresidential and unpardonable. Once again, we console the family of the former President, the government and people of Sokoto state and indeed all Nigerians for his demise. May his soul Rest In Peace