The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned in strong terms President Muhammadu Buhari’s conspicuous absence at the burial of highly respected former President of Nigeria, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on Saturday.
The party said President Buhari’s absence at the funeral, particularly regarding Alhaji Shagari’s status as the first Executive President of Nigeria, is unpardonable and a very wrong precedence in national protocol.
The party said in a statement on Monday: “This action by the Buhari Presidency has also sent a wrong signal to the international community on our national values and respect for our patriots.
“The PDP notes that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also absent at President Shehu Shagari’s burial and that the Federal Government has taken no concrete step to give a state honour to this very patriotic Nigerian, other than a rather belated directive to fly our national flag at half mast for just three days and a dramatic visit to Sokoto by President Buhari.
“Sadly, while our beloved President Shagari was at the National Hospital Abuja, passing through his last moments on this realm, President Buhari was busy at his campaign rally in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, boasting of how he, as military head of state, sacked the Second Republic, arrested and locked up President Shehu Shagari and his officials, in clear violation of our nation’s constitution.
“Such disdain on our respected national figure by President Buhari is completely unpresidential.
“Finally, the PDP once again condoles with the Shagari family, the government and people of Sokoto state, the National Council of State and the entire nation for this very huge national loss.”