It is now close to two months since President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria from his medical trip to London, United Kingdom, and he is yet to return to his office inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
But the Presidency has said that the situation has not in any way hindered the President from performing his duties as the supreme leader of Africa’s most powerful nation.
On August 19, Buhari had arrived the country to a wild jubilation by Nigerians after spending over 103 days in the United Kingdom where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Presidency then revealed that the President, upon his return, will operate from his official residence until the completion of the renovation of his office.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the development became necessary due to the devastation done to the office by the rodents during his long period of absence.
“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Shehu had said, explaining that it was impossible for the President to operate from the office in that condition.
Although he didn’t confirm when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson had stated that the maintenance company had been asked to speed up its pace of work.
However, 56 days after the President’s return to the country, he has yet to resume in his office.
When contacted on Friday by The Punch, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said where Buhari has been operating from are also offices, adding that the most important thing is that the President is working.
He was, however, silent on when Buhari will resume in his main office.
“Office na office. He (the President) uses one now, and the work goes on,” he simply said.