Nigerian presidency defends decision to bar some officials from Aso Rock


The Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, says asking officials who attended the burial of Abba Kyari to distance themselves from Aso Rock Villa was nothing extraordinary.

Kyari, who was the Chief of Staff to PresidentMuhammadu Buhari died on Friday, April 17 after testing positive for coronavirus.

The late CoS was prayed upon at the Defense Guest House in Maitama and interred at the Gudu Cemetry in Abuja on Saturday.

Many dignitaries and top government officials attended the burial.

After the burial, there was a public outcry that the officials flouted the social distancing directive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

There were later reports that the officials were asked not to enter the State House, Abuja for a minimum of 14 days.

Reacting, Shehu said asking officials to stay away from Aso Rock was a standard procedure.

Meanwhile, the Presidency has also advised all State House Correspondents who were present at the burial rites of the late Chief of Staff, to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Deputy Director (Information) in the Media Department of the State House, Attah Esa, extended the same advice to media staff of the Villa.