The Presidency says the invitation extended to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba, by the Department of State Services has nothing to do with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Na’Abba is due to honour the invitation by the DSS today.
But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday night said the former lawmaker’s invitation had nothing to do with his “irresponsible utterances.”
In the statement titled “Nigerians should ignore Na’Abba’s publicity stunt, President Buhari has no issues with him,” Shehu asked Na’Abba to “distance the presidency from the situation he has found himself and sort himself out accordingly.”
The statement read, “The Presidency urges the general public to ignore as a publicity stunt publicity, the widely circulated reports alleging that former Speaker Umar Ghali Na’Abba has been invited by the Department of State Service over his alleged comments on President Buhari.
“Our findings have revealed that his invitation has nothing to do with the alleged irresponsible utterances by Umar Ghali Na’Abba, which in any case did not catch the attention of the Presidency, or of any serious politician for that matter.
“There are serious politicians who talk, and the Presidency responds because such politicians throw jibes which must get attention.
“Flash in the pan politicians and those who fabricate political relevance don’t bother anyone.
“We advise Na’Abba to distance the Presidency from the situation he has found himself and sort himself out accordingly.”