Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 'Atiku Didn't Shun Kano Peace Summit'

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar did not shun Thursday's Kano peace summit as being reported in a section of the media, his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, has said.

It was reported yesterday that Atiku was one of the high profile invitees to the peace organized by Northern Development Focus Initiative (NDFI) who shunned the Kano summit.

Shehu said yesterday that contrary to the media reports that the former Vice President shunned the summit, Atiku was not in the country to attend the meeting, adding that the former Vice President has long informed the organizers of the peace summit that he would not be disposed to attend the event since he would be out of the country.

"Indeed, the former Vice President has intimated the organizers of the event and wished them in the realization of their noble objective of charting an agenda for peace in the northern and Nigeria in general," Shehu said.

He noted that Atiku Abubakar as a prominent Nigeria leader of northern extraction could not have deliberately stayed away from a summit with an all-important agenda for peace.

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