The Presidency on Sunday said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s two day official visit slated for Monday and Tuesday would no longer hold. It however stated that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, would now represent the president.
President Buhari was slated during the visit to formally commission the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Rescue Unit in Cappa Oshodi built by the State Government to ensure prompt and swift response to emergency situations in the State.
But the Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said that the Vice President would represent the president. “The Vice President would represent the president,” Adesina simply responded when asked.
However, Eko City Magazine learnt that the aborted two-day visit to Lagos by President Buhari is as a result of “scheduling difficulties.” The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, explained this to journalists on Sunday.
Shehu said Buhari needed more time for the Lagos trip as well as a similar one to Edo State which had earlier been stepped down. He said the President would embark on the trips after Ramadan.
The presidential spokesman said, “The President is faced with scheduling difficulties and that is the reason for the postponement of the Visit. “He needs more time for Lagos and for Edo which had earlier been stepped down.
“As a result of this, the visit has been scaled down and he is being represented by His Excellency the Vice-President, who is going to Lagos to commission a few projects, leaving the rest for Mr. President. “The President will undertake these visits after the Ramadan.”
The spokesman of the Vice-President, Laolu Akande, also on Sunday issued a two-paragraph statement on the issue.
The statement reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari will be represented in Lagos State tomorrow (Monday) on an official visit by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
“On behalf of the President, Prof. Osinbajo would commission a number of projects in the state as part of the visit.