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President Buhari needed 48 hours clearance to attend CoAS burial – Presidency



The Presidency has explained the abensence of President Muhammad Buhari from the burial of the late Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other officers in Abuja on Saturday, saying it was due to lack of security clearance.

Buhari’s absence from their burial on Saturday had sparked outrage across the country.

Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other military officers lost their lives in a plane crash on Friday in Kaduna.

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

Onochie, who said she was unaware of the procedure before Muhammed Yusuf told her about it.

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.”