Four former Heads of State – Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar – as well as Senate President David Mark, were on Thursday conspicuously absent from the country’s centenary being held in Abuja. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar too was missing at the event.
They did not attend the international conference held as part of activities marking the centenary, which was witnessed by no less than 30 heads of governments and international organisations.
The only past leaders in attendance were President Shehu Shagari, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon and former Head of Interim National Government Chief Earnest Shonekan, former Vice President Alex Ekwueme and former Chief of General Staff Oladipupo Diya.
The conference tagged, “Human Security, Peace and Development: Agenda for 21st Century Africa”, was held under water-tight security at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Other dignitaries that attended the conference include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha; state governors; security chiefs; former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu; the chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih; members of the diplomatic corps, members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council and other top government officials.