Niger Republic President postpones visit to Buhari

  • As Shekarau petitions IG over Goje’s document over Sheikh Jafar’s murder

The President of Niger Republic, Mahamadou Issoufou, has rescheduled his proposed visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

A release issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Thursday indicated that the re-scheduling was at the instance of the visiting president

“The visit of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic to President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017, has been put forward.

“The rescheduling is at the instance of President Issoufou who has another domestic engagement,’’ the release said.

It said that all arrangements had been concluded for President Buhari to receive his Nigerien counterpart and his delegation at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa.

It added that the delegation and host had intended to attend the Jumaat prayers together as well as lunch before the last-minute postponement.

The release said that a new date for the visit would be announced in due course.

In the meantime, former Kano State Governor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau yesterday petitioned the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, over the document allegedly found in Senator Danjuma Goje’s Abuja home during a raid by the police.

Shekarau is threatening to take a legal action over his alleged involvement in the assassination of a Kano Islamic cleric, Sheikh Jafar Mahmoud Adams, as purportedly contained in one of the documents seized in the residence of the former Gombe governor.

In the petition entitled: “Protest over linking me to a document purported to have been found at Senator Goje’s residence”, dated May 3 and addressed to the IG, Shekarau demanded that the said document be made public by the police.

Shekarau said: “I urge you (IGP) to recognise the need for the urgent handling of this matter to speedily exonerate me of any complicity, and to douse tension from within our admirers and the general public.

“Failure to do this within two weeks of the receipt of this letter may compel me to initiate appropriate legal action, to enforce my fundamental human right, as provided for in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Shekarau insisted that the claims linking him to the murder of Sheikh Jafa’ar was a ploy to tarnish his image and drag his personality to the mud.

He also urged the police to investigate the source of the document and ascertain if it tallies with the trending in the social media.

Citizen with additional report from Nation