Aso Rock Turns To Ghost City

By Ikenga Chronicles February 4, 2017

Aso Rock Turns To Ghost City

Emerging report indicate that the Presidential Villa was deserted and all activities came to a halt after the departure of President Muhammadu Buhari to UK on what the presidency termed ‘’routine medical check-up.’’

Buhari had recently departed Nigeria for London, United Kingdom, after writing the National Assembly that he would proceed on a short vacation and resume on February 6.

All actions shifted to the Vice-President’s Wing from where acting President Yemi Osinbajo has been calling the shots.

The Press Gallery located beside the Council Chambers in the President’s wing was deserted as the population of worshipers who took part in Juma’at prayers at the mosque located beside the President’s office reduced drastically.

According to Punch , the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali; Director-General of the Department of State Service, Lawan Daura; and the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, were the only senior government officials who attended the Juma’at service.

The President had on June 26, 2015, stopped taking part in Juma’at service at the National Mosque, Abuja and opted to do so inside the Presidential Villa.

He had said he took the decision out of consideration for the hardships always imposed on members of the public by road closures during presidential movements.

‘’Since then, top government officials and prominent politicians including members and leaders of the National Assembly had been joining him for prayers,’’ a source said.

“The number of people attending prayers in the mosque now is about one-third of the usual population. There are now vacant spaces everywhere in the mosque.”

Since Buhari went on vacation, only four state governors were sighted at the Presidential Villa.

The governors are Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Abdulazeez Yari (Zamfara); and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).

“One cannot really say for sure why the governors kept off but I know some of them will not want to be caught in the web of loyalty. Their visiting the acting President may be misconstrued to mean that they are more loyal to him than the President,” a government official, who pleaded anonymity said.

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