The wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has finally relocated to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, barely three weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was inaugurated.
According to a Presidency official on Friday, Mrs. Buhari formally relocated to the Presidential Villa on Thursday at a time when her husband was out of Abuja.
“Hajia (Buhari) arrived here (Presidential Villa) with her entourage at about 6pm on
Thursday. She had relocated ahead of her husband. She passed the night here.”
Since they were inaugurated, Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have been operating from their private residences as well as the Defence House, despite the fact that both men have their official residences and offices inside the Villa.
Another Presidency official said the President is expected to join his wife inside the Presidential Villa on arrival from his local trip. President Buhari is expected back in Abuja from the journey described as “private trips” this weekend.
“The President is expected back this weekend. He will be expected to join his wife here on his arrival,” the source added.
When PUNCH visited the First Lady’s Wing of the Presidential Villa on Friday, some exotic cars were seen parked in front of the premises, an indication that Mrs. Buhari was playing host to some guests.
Osinbajo and his wife have yet to relocate to the Villa and it’s not clear whether they will move in at the same time with Buhari.
Earlier on, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had said ongoing renovation work was hindering Buhari from moving into the Presidential Villa.
He had said:
“As far as the President is concerned, the place (his official residence) is not ready yet. Workers are cleaning and refurbishing the place. Once the exercise is completed, the President will move in.”
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