REVEALED: Real reason Buhari has not worshipped at Central Mosque since inauguration

By Amako Nneji October 2, 2015 14:42

REVEALED: Real reason Buhari has not worshipped at Central Mosque since inauguration

Reports have emerged as to why President Muhammadu Buhari has not observed his Friday Juma’a Prayer in the Central Mosque, Abuja since the onset of his administration on May 29, 2015.

Speaking exclusively to Post Nigeria, the Senior Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina explained that the President earlier issued out a statement clearing the air on why he has refused to pray at the Central Mosque.

    “You are a journalist; you can investigate and find out another reason why President Buhari has refused to pray in Central Mosque since his ascension.

    “We have said it and we are repeating it again, stampede and traffic was the major reason. We have issued a statement on that subject before, if you don’t have the statement you can Google it.”

Contradictorily, other sources close to the Presidency told Post Nigeria that the alleged cold war between Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki was the main reason the President had been shunning Juma’a Prayers at the Central Mosque.

Feelers have it that the President, after the controversial emergence of Saraki as Senate President without paying regard to party supremacy, drove a wedge between the duo with Buhari practically vowing never to have physical contact with him.

The June 26 Adesina statement had read:

    “President Buhari did so out of consideration for avoidable hardships imposed on members of the public by road closures and other security measures which Presidential movements to the National Mosque necessitate,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement Friday.

    “Accordingly, the President has decided that henceforth he will mostly observe the Juma’at prayers with other Muslims at the Presidential Villa Mosque.”

Post Nigeria learnt that Buhari, since the inauguration of the 8th Senate on June 9, has been avoiding Saraki whose emergence and that of his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party , PDP, did not go down well with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also went against the party’s choice of Femi Gbajabiamila and won a closely fought contest.

Buhari is particularly irked that a member of the PDP, Ike Ekweremadu, was elected Deputy Senate President.

He initially promised to work with Saraki after expressing his disappointment at fact that the party’s instructions were not obeyed.

Meanwhile, Saraki was one of the dignitaries who joined Buhari on Thursday October 1st, 2015 to mark the nation’s 55th Independence Anniversary inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

That was the first time since July 3rd, Saraki will be seen openly inside the Presidential Villa with Buhari since he emerged the President of the Senate.

Pictures of both leaders laughing nervously, which many have described as “staged” went viral yesterday, as both parties tried very hard to allay fears of an irreparable rift between both men.