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Presidency Explains Buhari On Being ‘Careful With Uzodimma’

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The presidency has debunked insinuations about President Muhammadu Buhari vowing to be careful about future invitations from Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State.

Debunking what it claimed as the mischief of political detractors, presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina said that it was unfortunate that what he claimed as President Buhari’s clear words were being twisted to serve pre-conceived political objectives.

The assertion came in the wake of viral videos of the president’s concluding speech at a stakeholder’s meeting during his recent state visit to Owerri, the Imo State capital.

Concluding the speech, the president had said:

”Governor of Imo State, I cannot thank you enough, but I will be careful with your future invitations.”

Explaining Buhari’s words and the context it related to Governor Uzodimma,, Adesina in a statement said:

“We have observed that President Buhari’s concluding remarks at the meeting with South East Leaders during his one day visit to Imo State is being deliberately contorted and twisted out of context.

The purveyors of disinformation want Nigerians to believe that the President bluntly told Governor Uzodimma, ”I’ll be careful with your future invitations.”

“The President began his extempore speech by acknowledging the caliber of personalities present at the dialogue including the President-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof George Obiozor, former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (Rtd),  former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former Military Governor in old Imo State, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, Deputy Governors of Abia, Anambra and the SSG of Enugu State, who represented the Governor, the Anglican Archbishop of Owerri Province, Most Rev David Onouha and his brother Bishop of Enugu, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Ahaejiagamba Ndigbo,  just to mention but a few.

What Buhari Meant On Being Careful With Uzodimma – Adesina

His words were clear:

”I am overwhelmed by this reception, overwhelmed in the sense that when I accepted the invitation by the Imo State Governor, who wants to justify investments the government has done to the people of Imo State, I thought I would see the bridges, the  roads and a few renovations.

”He didn’t tell me he was going to get the whole Igbo leadership here. So in the future when he invites me, I’ll know what to do. But I think he has done what the military didn’t like. He has achieved surprise. He has surprised me beyond description.”

Later, in his concluding statement at the same event, the President made reference to his earlier remarks on the ”surprise” action pulled by the Governor. On a lighter note, he quipped:

”Governor of Imo State, I cannot thank you enough, but I will be careful with your future invitations.”

The President’s historic visit to Imo State was very successful and the Igbo leaders who met him shared the same enthusiasm that his coming to the Eastern heartland would bring peace, foster unity, encourage good and better understanding among the citizenry.

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