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Rats’ invasion: President Buhari yet to use his office seven weeks after

Close to two months after President Muhammadu Buhari’s return from his medical trip from London, he is yet to resume at his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari, who got back to the country on August 19 to a wild jubilation by Nigerians after spending over 100 days abroad, has been operating from an office located inside his official residence and another one located inside the Presidential Banquet Hall.

Although the Presidency says the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, had said the President’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during his long period of absence.

However, 56 days after the President’s return to the country, he has yet to resume in his office.

He explained that it’s not possible for the President to operate from the office which is in a messed-up condition.

“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” he had said.

The presidential spokesperson had stated that the maintenance company had been asked to speed up its pace of work but even at that, he could not tell when the work will end.

The President has been hosting meetings and other events at his residence and the Presidential Banquet Hall, which are both less than five minutes’ walk from his office.

This week alone, he held separate meetings with some state governors and the nation’s security chiefs at the venues.

Governors that met Buhari during the week included Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State;  Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State.

The President has also been attending weekly meetings of the Federal Executive Council inside the Council Chambers located less than 50 metres to his office.

Buhari has also been joining Muslim faithful for Juma’at service inside a mosque located behind the Council Chambers.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, when contacted on Friday, said where Buhari has been operating from are also offices since the most important thing is that the President is working.

The presidential spokesman was, however, silent on when Buhari will resume in his main office.

“Office na office. He (the President) uses one now, and the work goes on,” he simply said.


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