Aso Rock has denied having any hand in the invitation extended to former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba, by the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a statement issued last night, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said that Na’abba was an inconsequential, “flash-in-the-pan” politician whose utterances were not weighty enough to warrant a response from the Presidency.
He therefore urged the public to ignore Na’abba’s supposed invitation as a publicity stunt of someone seeking relevance in Nigerian politics.
The statement said: “The presidency urges the general public to ignore as a publicity stunt publicity, the widely circulated reports alleging that former Speaker Umar Ghali NaAbbah has been invited by the Department of State Service, DSS over his alledged comments on President Buhari.
“Our findings have revealed that his invitation has nothing to do with the alleged irresponsible utterances by Umar Ghali NaAbbah, which in any case did not catch the attention of the Presidency, or of any serious politician for that matter.
“There are serious politicians who talk, and the Presidency responds because such politicians throw jibes which must get attention. Flash in the pan politicians and those who fabricate political relevance don’t bother anyone.
“We advise Na’Abba to distance the presidency from the situation he has found himself and sort himself out accordingly.”
The former Speaker had been invited by the secret police to appear at its office on Monday over what his associates claim were for his critical comments on the government of Muhammadu Buhari.