The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has reacted to reports that he’s been barred for the Aso Rock presidential villa after attending the funeral of the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Nigerians were angered by the number of dignitaries who showed up to bid Kyari farewell at Abuja’s Gudu Cemetery, in a conspicuous disregard for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines on funerals during the pandemic.
From footages that circulated online, there was little regard for social distancing at the funeral, a scenario made social media users ponder why there was even a crowd at the cemetery. Among the crowd that thronged the cemetery to pay last respects to Kyari was the presidency spokesperson Shehu.
However, after an online news outlet, Sahara Reporters reported that “some top aides” of the president were denied access to the presidential villa in Abuja after the burial Shehu has shed some light on the development insinuating that it is no big deal.
“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 NCDC 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 tweeted.
There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) April 19, 2020
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