President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman has described former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar’s claim that Buhari was banned from entering the United States for 15 years, before he became president as ‘fictive concoction’.
Atiku was said to have made the allegation that President Buhari could not enter the US “on account of religious considerations” in an interview he gave to the Boss newspaper published by Dele Momodu.
President Buhari’s media adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina debunked the allegation as mere fiction.
“This fictive concoction being passed off as truth is mind boggling, coming from a former Number Two man of Nigeria, who should know the truth. At no time was President Buhari, as a private person, ever forbidden from entering any country in the world. Rather, the rest of the world has always held Muhammadu Buhari as a man of sterling qualities, strong on integrity, transparency and accountability. The same testimony is still borne of the Nigerian President by many world leaders today.”
“It is curious that former VP Abubakar had been asked why he had not visited America for over a decade, something that had been a stubborn fact dogging his footsteps. Instead of answering directly, he begged the question, saying Buhari also had been disallowed from entering the same country for 15 years, before becoming President.
“We hereby make it resoundingly clear that what the former Vice President said only exists in the realm of his imagination. If he has issues to settle with American authorities, he should do so, rather than clutch at a straw.”
President Buhari presently in Jordan to compare notes with other world leaders on the war against terrorism.
“For about 15 years, Buhari could not enter America on account of religious considerations,” Mr. Abubakar said in the interview.