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Presidential Spokesman Garba Shehu says “There is nothing extraordinary” about being locked out of the Villa after attending Abba Kyari’s burial



Presidential Spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu has reacted to reports that he and others that attended the Burial of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff had been locked out of Aso Rock Villa.

Saharareporters had reported that Some top aides of President Muhammadu Buhari have been denied access into the Presidential Villa in Abuja after returning from the burial of late Chief of Staff to Buhari, Abba Kyari, on Saturday.

The burial at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja was attended by a large crowd – most of whom had no nose mask or hand gloves on them for protection against Coronavirus.

He wrote in a series of tweets online, “There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa”.

He argued that the decision to lock them out of the Presidential Villa Abuja “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.”

He maintained that “For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,”.

According to the initial story, some of the Presidency aides refused access into Aso Villa after returning from the burial include State House Chief Protocol Officer, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, Special Assistant to the President, Yusuf Sabiu, a nephew to the President, Musa Haro Daura, and Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the, Garba Shehu. 

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