Buhari Dissatisfied With Orubebe’s Absence At Democracy Day Lecture
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday queried the absence of a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsay Orubebe, at the 2019 Democracy Day Lecture.
NIGERIA NEWS had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday attended the 2019 Democracy Day lecture at the International Convention Centre in Abuja.
The Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha were among the dignitaries present at the event.
Prof. Attahiru Jega, former chairman, Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), delivered the lecture with the Theme: “Peace Building and Good Governance for sustainable development”.
Speaking at the lecture, Buhari said, Orubebe should have been invited to the event to listen to Prof. Attahiru Jega’s lecture.
“Here, I must digress to raise an observation about the programme organisers because I did not see Mr. Orubebe who ought to have come and listen to Prof. Jega deliver his lecture. This is a major observation,” he said.
“That instance, for those of us who were lucky that there was light and we had the television to see the confrontation between Orubebe and Prof. Jega, it will remain a life impression to many of us.”
Buhari thanked the US government for ensuring that the 2015 elections were free and fair.
He said: “I thank the United States government than under President Obama for sending John Kerry to read the riot act to the government and to us the opposition then that nothing other than a free and fair election will be acceptable.”
NIGERIA NEWS recalls that Orubebe at the collation centre of the 2015 presidential election had attempted to disrupt the announcement of results.
He confronted Jega, who was presiding over the announcement, saying: “Jega you have been compromised, we are no longer confident in you.”
The Federal Government had earlier outlined a four-day activity to mark the 2019 Democracy Day, from May 25 to May 29.