Jonathan Absent At Villa Chapel’s Thanksgiving, As Osinbajo Confirms He Was Invited


Former President Goodluck Jonathan was absent yesterday at the Aso Villa Chapel as Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo led a host of former Presidents and Vice Presidents of Christian extraction to the annual thanksgiving of the chapel.

The event, which held at the Chapel auditorium attracted the presence of former Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan. Others were former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, former Chief of General Staff, Rear Admiral Ebitu Ukiwe (retd), General Oladipo Diya (retd)and some service presidential aides.

The service was organised to express gratitude to God for His grace upon Nigeria this year.

Osinbajo revealed that former President Jonathan, who was duly invited, failed to attend. He said: “Today is a special thanksgiving for the end of the year and as you have seen, all the former Presidents and Vice Presidents are here for the special thanksgiving service.

“They have been specially invited to come. We also expected President Jonathan but unfortunately, he had to cancel at the last moment.

“So, we are all extremely excited that we have been able to bring everyone together to thank God for our nation and to give Him thanks for the great future ahead of us”.

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