Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson, on Sunday confirmed the reports that top presidential aides were denied access into the Presidential Villa after attending the burial of the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
According to Sahara Reporters, President Muhammadu Buhari was not happy that the aides decided to violate clear protocols and guidelines of the NCDC.
It was reported that he directed that they should keep off the Presidential Villa to undergo self-isolation.
However, in a series of tweets, Mr Shehu stated that the directive to stay away from the villa is not out of place.
“There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.
“This is in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Center for Disease Control, @NCDCgov and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of #Coronavirus.
“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,” he said.
Mr. Shehu and the others attended the funeral of the late chief of staff, clearly flouted social distancing rule, an act which triggered criticism from Nigerians.
Some of the aides reportedly barred from the villa include State House Chief Protocol Officer, Lawal Kazaure; Special Assistant to the President, Yusuf Sabiu; a nephew to the president, Musa Daura, and Mr. Shehu.
Others are National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Ahmad Rufai, and Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmed, among several more persons.