On Tuesday Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, has distanced himself from Atiku Abubakar’s book presentation scheduled for Wednesday in Abuja.
Anyaoku said that nobody consulted him, nor did he give his consent that he would attend the book presentation by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He disclosed this in a signed statement, reiterating that he was not a politician and that he was never asked to attend, let alone give his consent.
The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to the announcement in ThisDay Newspaper of 26/9/22 that I would be a Special Guest of Honour at Atiku Abubakar’s book presentation scheduled for 28th September at Chida Hotel Events Centre in Abuja.
“Given the understandable propensity to read political meanings in public associations at this time of competition by political parties in the context of 2023 national elections, I wish to unequivocally state that nobody sought and obtained my agreement to be present at this particular book presentation.
“I have accepted the unreserved apologies rendered to me by the organisers of the event, and wish to reiterate that I remain non-partisan in praying that my country Nigeria will in 2023 elect people of proven competence and character whose sole mission will be to serve the national interests.”