Nigeria says not to invites controversial leaders to presidential inauguration

08:34, May 25, 2011      

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The Nigerian government has said it would not invite controversial leaders to the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan on May 29.

Yayale Ahmed, the secretary to the government of the federation, made the remarks in Abuja on Monday while briefing reporters on ceremonies lined up for the inauguration by the committee in charge.

He said a lot of importance was attached to the inauguration that the government could not afford to invite any controversial personality to grace the occasion.

The scribe said 40 heads of government were invited for the inauguration, adding that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had received acknowledgement from 15 leaders.

He said the committee was still expecting more acknowledgements, adding that the government would make adequate preparations to host them.

Ahmed put the cost of the inauguration at 1 billion naira. He said the 63 political parties and their presidential candidates would also be invited.

"It is very significant to accord to them their status as elder statesmen," he added.

"It is by right, not by our discretion, to invite political parties," Ahmed told reporters.

He gave the assurance that adequate security measures would be made to check any security breach, adding that the government was aware of such challenges.

"We are not unaware of the security challenges in our country, but our security agencies are on alert to check any security breach," the SGF added.

Source: Xinhua
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