EXCLUSIVE: 81 days after, Buhari still avoiding Aso Rock office

President Muhammadu Buhari resumes office 5
President Muhammadu Buhari in his office

About 81 days since his return from medical vacation in the UK, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to use his office in the Aso Rock Villa, multiple sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. Buhari left Nigeria for another around of medical care in the United Kingdom on May 7 and returned on August 19.

The president, however, did not resume at his desk on Monday, August 21 as he commenced official assignments from an auxiliary office attached to his residence.

His failure to resume at the office generated curiosity among Nigerians, with some expressing the fear that Mr. Buhari had not recuperated enough to resume work.

The presidency later issued a statement explaining that Mr. Buhari was staying away from the office due to ongoing repair works.

“The regular office needs some renovation because the 103 days of absence” caused “some deterioration” presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, explained at the time.

Another of Mr. Buhari’s media aides, Garba Shehu, later blamed the damages on rodents, an excuse Nigerians largely found amusing.

“Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Mr. Shehu had said.

STILL AWAY

However, 81 days after the president resumed work, Villa staff and visitors to the seat of power said he was still operating from outside of his official seat.

This is despite him taking full control of the day to day running of government, including hosting visitors and holding meetings at the Villa.

Mr. Buhari, Aso Rock insiders say, is now using annex offices at other locations within the expansive premises, including one attached to his house.

Another office used by the president is the one adjoining the Banquet Hall in the State House.

On October 30, the president received Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Banquet Hall office.

SPIRITUAL REASONS

Mr. Buhari’s absence from his office is said to be connected to his tortuous health challenges.

Insiders say spiritualists who worked on the president’s condition advised against his use of the office.

“You know the man was actually bewitched. All these rumours about this or that illness are just guess works. No one was sure, not even the doctors,” said a close aide of Mr. Buhari who preferred anonymity.

“The trip to London in May was unscheduled and all the checks done, including in Germany, revealed nothing. We had to resort to prayers,” he said.

The source said Mr. Buhari’s office and other parts of the villa are “undergoing spiritual cleansing to avert any recurrence in the future”.

PRESIDENCY REACTS

When contacted, Mr. Shehu said the president is at liberty to work from any office or location within the villa.

Asked about the state of repairs of the president’s office as announced by the presidency in August, Mr. Shehu declined further comments.

While the presidential aide is right that Mr. Buhari can choose to work from any office within the villa, Nigerians may continue to wonder when their president will return to his main office.


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  • Waandu

    Poisoned air conditioners?

    • Dat-Abdulahi

      Dont mind the idiots. They’d rather consult some illiterate religious leader than investigate issues.

      • Otile

        What issue, do you believe that a fat rat drove Buhari away from his office?

  • dami

    Who cares…PT, this does not bother Nigerians.

    • AryLoyds

      Those rats were the ones that signed the documents that reinstated Maina back into the civil service.

  • A Nigeria for All

    VISION OF A NIGERIA FOR ALL

    Just before the APC 2015 Presidential Election Primaries, specifically on October 03, 2014, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar warned Nigerians on the inherent dangers of a Buhari Presidency thus:

    “We, (Nigerians) don’t need a religious zealot and bigot to lead us. I believe that the next president of our country, who by the grace of God will be produced by our great party APC must be someone who is a unifier, bridge-builder and not someone who bears ethno-religious bias. Above all, he must embody a vision of a Nigeria for all.”

    Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the man!

  • A Nigeria for All

    IBB’s 1985 COUP SPEECH EXPLAINING WHY THEY DECIDED TO OVERTHROW BUHARI ….. WHAT HAS CHANGED?

    “Let me at this point attempt to make you understand the premise upon which it became necessary to change the leadership.

    The principles of discussions, consultation and co-operation which should have guided decision-making process of the Supreme Military Council and the Federal Executive Council were disregarded soon after the government settled down in 1984.

    Where some of us thought it appropriate to give a little more time, anticipating a conducive atmosphere that would develop, in which affairs of state could be attended to with greater sense of responsibility, it became increasingly clear that such expectations could not be fulfilled.

    Regrettably, it turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance.

    Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes.”

  • Khafilat Adeoye

    IBB’s 1985 COUP SPEECH EXPLAINING WHY THEY DECIDED TO OVERTHROW BUHARI ….. WHAT HAS CHANGED?

    “Let me at this point attempt to make you understand the premise upon which it became necessary to change the leadership.

    The principles of discussions, consultation and co-operation which should have guided decision-making process of the Supreme Military Council and the Federal Executive Council were disregarded soon after the government settled down in 1984.

    Where some of us thought it appropriate to give a little more time, anticipating a conducive atmosphere that would develop, in which affairs of state could be attended to with greater sense of responsibility, it became increasingly clear that such expectations could not be fulfilled.

    Regrettably, it turned out that Major-General Muhammadu Buhari was too rigid and uncompromising in his attitudes to issues of national significance.

    Efforts to make him understand that a diverse polity like Nigeria required recognition and appreciation of differences in both cultural and individual perceptions, only served to aggravate these attitudes.”

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      And how did IBB benefit Nigeria thereafter?

      • Höly Wähala

        @Ramatu,
        Go siddon fraudster, a “doctor” does not spend 24hrs trolling news from Punch to Premium Times… jobless dirty identity thief, that’s you. Dirty thing, why is Buhari afraid of death after murdering thousands of innocent Nigerians?

        • Really

          The simple and clear question, correctly formulated .Nothing more to add.

  • Man_Enough

    Does this break any law? PT please leave the president alone. If he likes, let him work from the other room as long as national issues are attended to. Do not stair unnecessary controversy that will generate an unproductive discussion. Or could it be that PT is part of the “spiritual plot”.

    • Sam

      PT is now doing a dirty job .

  • Ade

    That presidential office need serious spiritual cleaning up, only Ebora Owu use that office successfully with the death of his wife, Yaradua died, the next one was bewitched and controlled without even allowing him to do any good to his own region, now only those presidents that used the office can tell us what is happening in that office spiritually but trust them they will not talk to avoid national embarrassment. So let us allow this man to do his work so far he is in Aso rock shikena.

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      God bless you

  • Sam

    PT I guess you have been paid too to target this man ,which one is his main office again? Is he not doing his job ? Corrupt people have gone to burry their satanic bonds in the office, and now that they see that he is getting better, they want to put pressure on the man to go into that trap?

    • Yego V

      Let him work from London

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      Thank you

  • tundemash

    Crap ! What law has been violated ??????
    I work from home too and only go to the office when I deem it fit. A colleague of mine has NOT been in the office, working from home, since March 2016.
    Does the weekly FEC meeting take place ? Yes
    Do Ministers see the President when necessary? Yes

    The whole of early this year was about the fake news of the man being on life support machine and “seen” by the cl0wn Fayose and some wailers even claimed he was dead !

    • Yego V

      Work from your toilet, who CARES

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      They will always find fault. What can one do? What they dont know is that it is a very dangerous pass-time and that God does not view it as legitimate voice of opposition party at all! Hear this, a prayer of king David, another persecuted leader…

      “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord , and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” Amen! Psa.64:1‭-‬10

  • Arabakpura

    Aso Rock, the house of Mormon where unbelievers reside! It is the same approach that they use in ruling Nigeria!

  • Abdullah Musa

    Is possible the rats that invaded it are refusing to eat rat poison.

  • APCpensionHeist *Messi Chanji

    Hahahaha! Spiritual Rats!
    Buhari’s ‘integrity’ was a myth that has completely been SHATTERED within 2yrs!
    The man has been demystified completely!
    The H.O.S in a leaked memo claimed to have told buhari of the drawbacks of the reinstatement of maina weeks before the scandal broke.
    If true; WHY DID ‘MR INTEGRITY’ NOT DIRECT HIS DISMISSAL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT BECAME PUBLIC AND THERE WAS A MASSIVE OUTCRY??

    If False; WHY HAS ‘MR INTEGRITY’ NOT DEBUNKED HER CLAIMS TO HAVE TOLD HIM??

    The fact that his usual spin doctors Adeshina, Lai and garba show a celeb pair of heels when this issue is raised tells the discerning something.
    The fact that his e-slaves; Kay soyemi/julius, tundemess/tunsj/manEnough/Sam, Maria, Rommel, amazing2012 have been on the run for weeks, tells the discerning something. Said they hate kwarupshun but dare not comment about maina..na juju RAT story dem fit comment on.
    LOL! Na una go tire!

  • APCpensionHeist *Messi Chanji

    Hahahaha! Spiritual Rats!
    Buhari’s ‘integrity’ was a myth that has completely been SHATTERED within 2yrs!
    The man has been demystified completely!
    The H.O.S in a leaked memo claimed to have told buhari of the drawbacks of the reinstatement of maina weeks before the scandal broke.

    If true; WHY DID ‘MR INTEGRITY’ NOT DIRECT HIS DISMISSAL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT BECAME PUBLIC AND THERE WAS A MASSIVE OUTCRY??

    If False; WHY HAS ‘MR INTEGRITY’ NOT DEBUNKED HER CLAIMS TO HAVE TOLD HIM??

    The fact that his usual spin doctors Adeshina, Lai and garba show a cleen pair of heels when this issue is raised tells the discerning something.
    The fact that his e-slaves; Kay soyemi/julius, tundemess/tunsj/manEnough/Sam, Maria, Rommel, amazing2012 have been on the run for weeks, tells the discerning something. Said they hate kwarupshun but dare not comment about maina..na juju RAT story dem fit comment on.
    LOL! Na una go tire!

  • Tess

    The man Buhari everyday unravels himself detrimentally.What are all these insinuations from the sources for?

  • Yego V

    He’ll soon abandon Aisha from the a za room . When your ways are crooked, na so you go de run from your ghost

  • Netanyahu

    “The guilty are always afraid, even running from their shadows”. Now that he does not trust the cabal he left behind when he rushed to London in May, can he sack them. He hears voices when alone in that office. It has nothing to do with rats. He has wasted over three thousand souls since he came to power. They spirits of those he murdered are hunting him and of course there will be no hiding place for the wicked. The spirits of the Shiites, southern Kaduna, agatu, IPOB victims of his cruelty etc are tormenting him.

  • truth is bitter

    …was it the so-called Spiritual attack that made him (Buhari) to fail Maths and 4 other subjects in WAEC Secondary School Certificate exams with a dismal F9 (Less than 10% total score in each of the subjects)? When he was busy giving orders for Shiite Muslims to be killed…for Biafra secessionists to be murdered and for the casualties in both instances to be buried by the use.less Nigerian Army in mass graves what else did he expect? Shouldn’t the spirits and souls of the victims reek recompense? Shameless man!

  • Dat-Abdulahi

    As a Muslim, Buhari of all should know that when death comes, he can not delay it by a second on this earth. So he can run to any room in the world, it changes nothing! These fools should stop using spiritual gibberish to bamboozle docile intellectually lazy Nigerians. Backward incompetent set of idiots running a country in the 21st century. Sigh!!

    • Domingos

      Bro, these guys are far worse than idiots. They are simply indescribable. Can you imagine a president budgeting less than 8% for Education in the 21st century? It is MUMUDITY!

  • DELTAN

    I can see that the 2018 budget has no mention of the Niger Delta and the cleaning up of the pollution that oil exploration has caused.


    Thank God for AVENGERS. We just can’t wait to see them start their attacks. Niger Delta must be free and our environment restored. TOTAL clean up. We MUST have 100% RESOURCE CONTROL and a separate state. We are ready to achieve this by any means necessary.

  • marcos avelino

    Whats the purpose of this article ? Nigeria has much more important problems to deal with , idle premiumtimes

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The purpose is for Nigerians to know the state of mind of the man in charge of government and armed forces . It is a huge risk in the sense that decision making may be based on superstition instead of real facts on the ground. The massacres which he ordered may have been a direct result of instructions from Islamic Marabouts.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n, how far with your god Kanu ? I can see you know longer demand for hos whereabout . Have u also ditched him so soon ?

  • realist

    Sebi Ruben Abati says devil de aso rock that can do and undo, they say na lie. The Marabout from Senegal has warned the man not to use the office, if he wants to live and survive the tenure.

  • ABDUL

    TIME WASTING RUBBISH

  • Al

    PT to cut the short bcuz of your interest in the office it is now for you and other press crew to work inside, SHIKENAN. don’t mention it again plz

  • Otti from Canada

    When you permit a man who failed all Science subjects including simple Math in his high school exams what else do you expect? He focuses on spirit-ism ans superstition. No wonder not even a Dollar was budgeted for SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY or RESEARCH. Even health received a paltry sum. These cursed leaders are a disgrace to humanity. How did Africa come to this point?

  • Really

    But comming to think about it. A spirit in ASO-ROCK that only attacks Mohammadu Buhari only when he enters a particular room called his office can definitely not be strong enough.

    One would have really expected him to totally evacuate himself from ASO- ROCK in its entirety, since a spiritual sanitization was deemed neccesary in the first place.

    IT MIGHT AS WELL BE THAT THE SAID SPIRIT HAS TAKEN AWAY THE “BIOLOGICAL IDENTITY CODE” THIS MOHAMMADU BUHARI NEEDED TO OPEN THAT OFFICE.

    What about that?

    • Otile

      Where else do you want him to go? When he fled to England did his opponents not send #ResumeOrResign people to harass him out?

  • mahmud mohammed

    Abdulazzez Abdulazeez,( ITTAGULLA) fear ALLAH, the president has been working from his office several month ago,remember that there will be a day of judgement and everything you do in this world, religiuosly ,politically,medially,gossipply, you will account for it weather you like it or not .therefore make sure you report correctly with fear of ALLAH.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    It is an absolute irony that a man who orders the mass extra-judicial killings of unarmed citizens from his office is so scared of death that he abandons his office on grounds of unsubstantiated superstition . This man spends a lot of resources paying Marabouts and prayer warriors in kind and in cash in a fit of primitive survival instincts. Nigeria has gone so low that it cannot elect a leader with enough moral and intellectual values to govern a 21st century democracy.

    • Otile

      Do you know whether he actually had frightful encounters with evil spirits?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The proverbial tortoise once said that “WHO SO EVER STICKS HIS FINGER UP THIS BACKSIDE KNOWS WHAT TO EXPECT , HE WILL SURELY COME IN CONTACT WITH EXCREMENT . BUHARI MURDERED SLEEP HENCE HE CANNOT SLEEP EASY.

        The blood-shed of the last 2 years is enough to chase him out of his office. Those souls are still fighting from their graves.

        • princegab

          Amen.

  • Abubakar DanrakaFPCP

    Different strokes for different folks. Just wondering how the President’s choice of location got to do with his ability to govern. Regardless of whatever it’s gratifying that the C-in-C is discharging is mandate.

  • thusspokez

    “The regular office needs some renovation because the 103 days of absence” caused “some deterioration” presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, explained at the time.

    Chineke! Buhari’s office feeds on Buhari’s energy or blood or both to keep itself alive, but deteriorates (and may even die) if Buhari is not around to replenish it! I wonder if the same had happened when Umaru Yar’Adua was away.

    “Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Mr. Shehu had said.

    No office cleaners?

  • thusspokez

    While the presidential aide is right that Mr. Buhari can choose to work from any office within the villa, Nigerians may continue to wonder when their president will return to his main office.

    I can see why the amateur spokesperson would make this claim. This is because they run Nigeria with the mindset of villagers. For reasons of national security, the head of state of any country is restricted to where he or she can conduct daily business, particularly those related to national security and international relations.

  • thusspokez

    However, 81 days after the president resumed work, Villa staff and visitors to the seat of power said he was still operating from outside of his official seat.

    I would imagine that Buhari needs his medical apparatus and equipments nearby. He is a temporary occupant of the office, and doesn’t have the right to physically, alter the office building to accommodate the equipments. And I commend him for leaving the office as it is.

    • Otile

      Even if he sleeps with your wife overnight you will still commend him.

  • TrueFairGame

    If he likes, like him work from mars so long he delivers on the mandate of leadership. Besides the office at home is equally comfortable so what?

    • Otile

      Imam is naturally a lazy man. If he tells he is working from home, would you believe him? When he withdraws inside his bedroom he is either reciting the Holy Qur-an or snoring like tunder. Imam is never a hardworking man.

  • ACTION MAN in ACTION

    Those of you thinks he should go back to that office should take the first turn. He belongs to nobody. He belongs to no aso rock spiritual konji group manifesting in the form of rats and cockroaches jyrating in his office. Hence, his travails. Presido abeg no go there o!

    • okenwa

      The seat don’t became hot for him.

  • Decimator

    So Mohammadu Buhari;

    Are you he who has now suddenly deserted (for spiritual reasons) the Oval Office, you fought tooth and nail for 13 consecutive years to asses or shall we look for another?

    A confirmation is urgently needed.

    The contradiction is too glaring.

    Period.

    • Dr Bunmi Binitie

      Dont worry too much about details as we may never know the actual truth. Some things are classified and am sure this is one of them. All we need is for the president to do his work where he finds comfortable. It really does not affect governance

      • Decimator

        It is classified for this Mohammadu Buhari to be the Mohammadu Buhari?
        You have said it all.
        Thanks

        • Dr Bunmi Binitie

          I have not said what you said or think, but what i said quite clearly; so dont rope me into any falsehood.

  • Otile

    Mam, don’t draw special attention to “the other room”. When Imam talks about the other room brottel comes to mind for many of you

    By the way, why are you thanking Man_Enough for mentioning the other room? Right now you are undressing him in your mind. Hold your pant, Mam, hold your pant.

  • Eluba Inas

    The big take for me from this is that the president is working. You can chose to dissect it any how you want, depending on how much you hate the guy or your paymasters agenda.

  • Someone

    buhari hired the wrong people. look at garba shehu, the spokeman blaming rodents. so they have no maintenance workers to clean the office even if he is not around. incompetents.

    • okenwa

      They are hiding the identity of Jubril.

    • Really

      He himself is occupying as office he is not qualified for, the more reason to avoid the office. Birds of the same feather fly together anyway.

      • Dr Bunmi Binitie

        Not qualified??? That’s entirely your personal opinion. 14M voters dont agree with you and many more who have since seen the work PMB has been doing for us. May God bless and keep him for us

        • Really

          Bunmi -The Grandmother BMC
          Keep justifying your stipend. OK

        • Charles

          please pardon me sir, are your a native doctor, because you sound fetish, not minding your prefix.

          • Dr Bunmi Binitie

            Let me ask you – are your mother and grandmother native doctors or mammy-water priestesses? Or why would you imagine someone else’s mother is a native doctor? Why would you imagine that a commentator whose comment ends with a blessing for our president would be fetish? It shows all your women are cultists and you did not grow up hearing blessings and prayers in your house. What a pity!

            Another question – do you have the priviledge of having a medical doctor in your family?

        • thusspokez

          The responses below is typical example of Nigerian debate. It contains the following ingredients: off topic, balderdash, insults, emotion, irrationality.

  • Charles

    How much will the spiritual cleansing cost so we can include it in the budget? new dimension isn’t it?

  • Really

    Explosively Vulgar as always.
    Sorryoooooooo

  • Olusola Olusina Micheal

    madam dont mind them….it tells you the contradictory imagination of an average Nigerian always making a request they themselves cannot entertain.also there lots of internet rats,who has and will never find anything positive in their fellow being ..you just hav to pity them