The presidency on Friday evening, July 13, denied reports that Pastor Tunde Bakare of latter Rain Assembly and minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house Abuja.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement in Abuja said that the minister came on her own for the Annual General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), whereas Bakare came to see the president.
Read the statement below:
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“Stories with insinuations are making the rounds that Pastor Tunde Bakare of Latter Rain Assembly and Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, met together with President Muhammadu Buhari at State House, Abuja,Friday. Far from the truth.
The Minister was at the Presidential Villa in connection with the Annual General Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration of African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) holding Saturday in Abuja, which would be graced by President Buhari.
She ran into Pastor Bakare, who was on a scheduled visit to see the President, and they exchanged pleasantries. The cleric particularly thanked the Minister for finding time to attend his mother’s funeral, which took place in Abeokuta, Ogun State, penultimate weekend.
Mrs Adesosun had seen President Buhari not fewer than three times earlier in the week, and did not need to meet with him again on Friday.
This statement is to put events in proper perspective, and dispel all conjectures and fictive reporting.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, July 13, met with Pastor Tunde Bakare of latter Rain Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pastor Bakare arrived the presidential villa at about 2.30p.m.
The agenda of the meeting was not known as of the time of filing this report.
Bakare, former running mate to Buhari as then presidential candidate under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), in 2011, was led into the president’s office by the minister.
Pastor Bakare had recently criticised the Buhari administration over the economic and security situation across the country.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, has said that the government has already spoken on the controversy surrounding the alleged forgery of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate by Kemi Adeosun.
Mohammed spoke on Wednesday, July 11, saying there was nothing else to add to the statement from NYSC as the scheme is part of the government.
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