Former presidential spokesperson denied access into Aso Villa

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Olusegun Adeniyi [Photo: FridayPosts.Com]

The spokesperson to late President Umaru Yar’Adua, Olusegun Adeniyi, was denied access into Aso Villa for an event he was invited on Thursday.

The ex-presidential aide was turned back for not presenting his invitation card, he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Mr. Adeniyi, the current chairman of ThisDay newspaper editorial board, said he was invited to a book launch by Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari. He said he misplaced his invitation card.

Though he was recognised at the Villa gate, one of the security men denied him access for not presenting the card, he wrote.

“Garba Shehu invited me for book launch at Villa. Misplaced IV. Got to villa, recognised by security men but one insisted I couldn’t go on. Real Shame. Going back.”


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  • ailandaaa

    don’t misplace valued IVs in future…

  • Anonymous

    This man, did he not hear that the NASS leadership Including the senate president and Speaker were turned back from a dinner with Buhari cus they would not be searched? Does he think the Aso security do not recognise Senate president and Speaker with their oictures in every government office? Procedure is procedure and there is no exception to procedure, u will be held accountable if anything goes wrong, ls stop personalizing issues, someone who has worked in aso rock villa should know better and jphaving worked there before and facial recognition is not enough, how should the security know if u are telling truth? TRUST? such trust is blind, secuirty people have to assume every man is a criminal and suspect and if that suslsicion cannot be reconciled, there is no managing.

  • Emeka

    This man thinks Aso Rock is still what it used to be prior to this time! If the invitation is cash money of a million dollars, would you lose it? Why did you not put a call across to Garba Shehu, and save us this unnecessary vituperation!

  • rhad

    Is this an appeal for public sympathy or what? If they have allowed you, you will be the same to same the security in Aso villa is porous. Lesson learnt. the devils is in the details – ‘Everything matters, it depends on how you look at it’

    • Julius

      “you will be the same to same the security in Aso villa is porous. Lesson learnt. ”
      So true, I agree ..God bless !

  • Musbau Adebayo

    Since you have lost you IV then you suppose to have contact Sheu for pass,please stop wailing here.

  • Shahokaya

    What is the big deal here? You lost your I.V and thinks that your eye glasses will frighten the security men to allow access. Even your boss, the jeun jeun Thisday owner Nduka cannot bulldoze his way into the villa without security clearance.

  • Julius

    No sir, there is no shame, you must follow the rules !!

    • persona

      They like impunity so much that they think they are larger than life. Just recently, NASS members were screened and he was aware. He went in thinking that he has so much swagger and then when more attendees exist in the location, the security guard gets sacked, would he be able to save the man’s job?
      Should he invite a man to meet him at ThisDay and the same misplaces his pass, would the security guard not be held accountable?
      They always want no rules because they are elite, they then cry wolf where there is none…the real shame is he not getting another and trying to gain public sympathy at the expense of his host.

      • Julius

        No mind him abeg…He didn’t tell us he was invited so why telling us this nonsense about he can’t get in ?. Nonsense ! This is what they all do..walking around like they own everybody.

  • shola

    Mr. Adeniyi, but you must understand the protocol. You are invited to a birthday party at Agege or Mushin. Anybody can come and claim; I am Mr. Adeniyi. It is a real shame making this calamity known to the public.

  • Victor Olowogorioye

    The Security man who refused Segun Adeniyi from entering the Villa is right and should be rightly commended. The Villa is the seat of power in the Country and Segun who has once been a member of the Villa should know better than to go on invitation without having the invitation card with him.

  • persona

    This man is trying to demonize the same people who invited him…that’s the real shame.
    Say, 5 IV were created and 6 people showed up since you claimed it was misplaced and you never contacted your host, what were you expecting?
    A journalist is not a super human, you are a conduit to the people. It was not only irresponsible of you to misplace such an invite but to not show up with another and expect that your past will get you into a future event, you must be joking.
    You may want to enjoy your shame alone after losing your privilege and chose not to do what is responsible for a high security area.

  • forestgee

    The gate keeper thought he came for welfare! They turned back the Senate President recently…Imams are gate keepers doing random spiritual checks

  • Dan Arewa

    They are doing their work as being commanded. Even if it is GEJ, OBJ, IBB or Shagari that come without IV should be turn back.

  • Charles

    go get you your iv and come back next day.

  • Maria

    They have done nothing wrong.

  • Eluba Inas

    Shame on you for losing the IV. You have worked in the corridors of power and you know what protocol means.

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    This is no news. Go back and get your invite.

  • Onye Obosi

    I guess everybody can just be allowed into the villa with the claim they misplaced their IV.
    Shame on you Mr. Whatever you are.

  • grand maze

    Olusegun Adeniyi deserves the treatment he got.