For the second time in two weeks, President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a trip to a state in Nigeria. The planned trip of the President to Rivers State to launch the cleanup of Ogoni land, polluted by years of oil exploration and production, has been cancelled.
Sources at the Presidential Villa said on Thursday that the President had not left the State House for the trip.
“Femi Adesina will issue a statement shortly,” a source who declined to be identified because he was not permitted to talk to the media, according to Premium Times, said, referring to one of the president’s spokespersons.
The clean up of the heavily polluted Ogoni land was recommended by the United Nation Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2011 report.
Another Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said he could not comment on the development.
The president’s special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Adesina, could not be immediately reached. His telephone was switched off the multiple times our reporters called.
Unconfirmed reports from the State House suggested Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will represent Mr. Buhari at the event.
Recall that on the night of May 22, the President suspended his scheduled official visit to Lagos State fixed for the morning of Monday, May 23, citing “scheduling difficulties” as reason.
Mr. Osinbajo was then detailed to proceed to the nation’s commercial capital to represent Mr. Buhari at the planned presidential working visit.