The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, HRM, Alhaji Dr. Ado Ibrahim has said that he was shut out and he didn’t delegate anybody to represent him during the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Okene.
The Ohinoyi was conspicuously absent when President Muhammadu Buhari visited Okene and commissioned projects executed by Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration on December 29, 2022.
One of the projects, the Okene Reference Hospital is just about 100 meters distance from the popular Azad palace from where the Ohinoyi oversees the affairs of Ebiraland.
A source revealed that Dr. Ibrahim did not send anybody to represent him in any of the ceremonies.
According to the source, the Ohinoyi, who was hale and hearty had already set to receive the President in his palace, having laid the Presidential chairs and the red carpet was surprised that the president came and left without visiting him in the palace.
“Worse of all, the Ohinoyi was virtually detained in the palace with his team when he wanted to go out and witness the commissioning of the Reference Hospital, which is a walking distance. Some police vehicles were stationed at the entrances to the palace, blocking any vehicle coming in or going out.”
The source hinted that the explosion which occurred at the back of the palace, killing three people and injuring one was used as an excuse for the blockage of the entrances to the palace.
“It’s obvious that the President was not properly briefed about the incidence, which had a great impact on parts of the palace,” the source said.