Buhari Works from Home Pending Renovation of Office

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• It’s in order, says Oyegun
• Saraki, Dogara receive notice of resumption
• Mixed reactions to president’s speech

Tobi Soniyi, Segun James, Shola Oyeyipo in Lagos, Omololu Ogunmade, Damilola Oyedele, Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja and Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

President Muhammadu Buhari, who resumed duties Monday after a 103-day medical vacation abroad, will operate from his official residence until the completion of the renovation of his office, the Presidency said Monday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Shehu Garba, told THISDAY that the president’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during the president’s long period of absence.

“Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” he said, explaining that it was impossible for his boss to operate from the office in that condition.

Garba, however, said this would not affect the effectiveness of Buhari’s work since the residence has an annex to the office, adding that the president had been carrying out his duties from home since he resumed.

Saying he could not tell when the renovation would be completed, the presidential spokesperson stated that the maintenance company that was seen at work Monday at the Presidential Villa by THISDAY had been asked to speed up its pace of work.

The president had Monday morning met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and other senior aides, including the Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari, at his official residence, where he signed a letter informing the National Assembly that he had resumed duties.

The president’s decision to work from home got a nod from the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, who said it was in order, explaining that what was important was that the president would do his job.

“What is important is that the job gets done. Whether he does it from his bedroom, or his sitting room, or his ante room, it does not matter. Let the job be done. And the job will be done,” he told ARISE TV, a THISDAY Newspaper sister broadcast network, Monday.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, in separate statements Monday acknowledged receipt of the letter from the president.

“I have received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the Senate that he has returned to the country. I have also acknowledged the letter,” Saraki tweeted on his twitter handle @SPNigeria.

The letter, said the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, was in fulfilment of section145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which provides: “Whenever the President transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, a written declaration that he is proceeding on vacation, or that he is otherwise unable to discharge the functions of his office, until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary such functions shall be discharged by the Vice-President as Acting President.”

Nigerians React to President’s Speech

Meanwhile, mixed reactions have trailed the president’s address to the nation.
While the president’s supporters and party members welcomed it as apt, addressing the basic issues affecting the country, others, mostly opposition party members and social critics, described it as uninspiring.

APC National Chairman, Oyegun, said the president’s speech was solid on all substantive issues of national importance, specifically backing Buhari’s warning that unhealthy discussions and divisive comments in Nigeria must stop, saying the comment was in order.

He said the recent unhealthy discussions by some Nigerians were capable of turning the people against themselves, hence could not be tolerated any longer.

Oyegun told ARISE TV: “President Buhari swore to protect and defend the sovereignty of this nation. That is why he first started with a note of caution, but if such unhealthy discussions persist and continue to threaten the basic existence of the nation, then he is obliged to defend the sovereignty of the country.

“If you listen to the president, you will discover he was mild in his words because some of the discussions we hear everyday have gone beyond what can be acceptable. It is as if people don’t just care on the cost or likely repercussion of what they are saying, doing or what they are planning to do. Those who have actually gone through war do not wish another war on themselves, and this is what the president is cautioning against. We elected him to maintain, preserve and defend the constitution of this nation. All he said is to reiterate that he has sworn to defend our nation.”

On the agitation by some groups that they were being disenfranchised in deciding their future, Oyegun said the president was right that such discussions should be taken to the National Assembly.
“The president acknowledged that every group has grievances, but the beauty of a federation is that it allows the people to discuss such issues and work out a basis for mutual coexistence.

“Don’t forget these persons have representatives in the National Assembly. If you don’t trust them enough to discuss national issues on your behalf, why then did you elect them. They are there representing our constituencies. They are there to represent our views, hopes, fears and perceptions. That is the best place to exchange ideas on coexistence. At the end of the day you have your representative in the National Assembly. That is democracy,” he added.

On security, Oyegun said the president believes our security personnel have fought insecurity well, but must tighten loosed ends.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, welcomed the president, said Buhari and his handlers missed a golden opportunity to reconnect with the people as his speech failed to address issues that had direct bearing on their well-being.

It said: “The President’s speech did not contain anything new; just a rehash of statements that already had been made by both government and various leaders of thought across the country,” adding: “The PDP had cause to commend the then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for going round the country to engage with relevant stakeholders, which certainly was a better approach.”

The party added: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) believes that rather than rehashing the worn out clichés about Nigeria’s unity not being negotiable, Nigerians would have loved to hear their President come out definitively to tell them what realistic measures his government intended to take to uproot the causes of the perennial agitations and counter agitations that are now becoming a recurring decimal in our national discourse.

“The Party believes that instead of always mouthing the indivisibility of this country, the government should be seen walking the talk by instilling confidence in all the people across board that it belongs to all.”
The PDP said further: “The casual mention of ‘elements of Boko Haram’…kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes’, were also somewhat on the perfunctory side and do not imbue confidence.

“President Buhari returned to the country in a week that saw the closure of all our public universities as a result of the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Yet, not even a whimper from our President.”

An ardent critic of the president, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose, welcomed Buhari back but urged him and the APC to henceforth concern themselves with the real issues of governance in order to bring desired the succour to Nigerians, whom the governor said were hungry.
The National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Yanusa Tanko, was critical of the speech and said the president failed to address the controversy over his health condition.

He said: “I was one of those who said Mr President should help in declaring the status of his health, not for anything but because Nigerians need to know, so that we will be able to address issues properly so that it can clear the rumour that he was poisoned.

“He has to dispel that particular rumour. And again, Nigerians also remember that Mr. President had said he would treat himself at home as against foreign medical trips. Mr President should have to tell Nigerians why the medical trip abroad had to be taken, perhaps because of certain exigencies.”

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) said the president’s failure to capture the mood of Nigerians on the issue of restructuring was a big minus in his speech.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Alfa Mohammed, the party said: “We have listened to Mr President’s speech carefully this morning. While we commend Mr President for resolving to address the worrisome economic situation of the country and invigorate the fight against terrorism and ethnic violence, we disagree with mere passing remark by him on the sensitive issue of the widespread call for the restructuring of the nation particularly in relation to the devolution of more powers to the federating units and the correction of the imminent structural imbalance.

“This issue of restructuring we reason is fundamental to the peace and unity of our great country, and pretending otherwise is like postponing the dooms day.”
The National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Okey Nwosu, described the broadcast as “depressing.”

“We have to thank God that our President came back healthy, strong and but I must say that the President’s speech is very depressing. And this goes to show the nature of people around him. When we have so many sycophants who have taken over power this is what you get.

“For somebody who was out of the country for over one hundred days and you came back to meet the people that you promised so much during your election, you will look at them in the face and said sorry, nature seems to be taking its course, please bear with me and thank Nigerians for their prayers because it is not his will,” Nwosu said.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger State chapter lauded the president’s broadcast denouncing inflammatory statements capable of causing chaos in the country.
The state CAN chairman, Mr. Mathias Echioda, commended the president’s resoluteness that the country’s unity was not negotiable.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to Nigerians this morning is a move in the right direction. Buhari’s statement is a clear call to all sectional patriots and hate champions of our dear country to put away their swords. We are better together as a Nation.
“We don’t only welcome Buhari home we congratulate him for such a bold step this morning.”

The Lagos State Chapter of APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, in a statement said: “We are all living witnesses to how the president held his vice president’s hands when he landed in Abuja last Saturday and the whole world saw the affinity, the bond, and the brotherly love that exists between the two great and honest leaders. The photographs spoke a billion words.

“Lagos APC therefore appeals to Nigerians to continue to support the president and his vice as they brace up to deal with the challenges ahead. We have no doubt in our minds that these two patriots mean well for Nigeria and they have demonstrated this through actions and deeds.”

The Rivers State APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, in a comment said that all those who wished that the president never came back so as to save their looted funds now had to rethink because the government would ensure that all the looted funds, which is the main reason behind the unwarranted tension and agitations across the country, would be retrieved.

He said: “The president’s broadcast yesterday morning has assured Nigerians that they are now free to live and do business in any part of this country without any molestation or threat. We, therefore, plead with all Nigerians to give this government time and an enabling environment to operate so that it can fulfil all its electoral promises to Nigerians.”

However, there were other Nigerians who held contrary views.
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, a member of the opposition PDP and a strident critic of the president, said the speech was below average.
He said: “During his thoroughly uninspiring six minute broadcast this morning, instead of appealing to Nigerians for patience and understanding, and instead of apologising to them for the ineptitude and sheer incompetence that his government has displayed over the last 2 years, President Muhammadu Buhari has returned home after 105 days on his sick bed in the United Kingdom, and not only insulted Nigerians but also threatened them.”

He lamented: “The president made no attempt to reach out to the people, to build bridges and to calm the troubled waters in what is clearly a traumatised and divided nation and instead he sought to intimidate and talk down on our people and his perceived enemies.”
Mr. Ebun-oluwa Adegboruwa, a lawyer, said he was disappointed with the president’s speech.

According to him, “One cannot but express a sense of utter disappointment. This is a president who virtually sneaked out of Nigeria, who breached his own self declaration of transparency, by keeping Nigerians in the dark for over 100 days, and in that process grinding the wheel of progress of the nation.

“Notwithstanding that the president took Nigerians for granted, he was not impeached, but rather Nigerians were offering prayers for his recovery, daily, only for him to return with a language of combat and insult, describing his own citizens as ‘irresponsible elements’!

“This should not be language of a president that has benefited from the goodwill and magnanimity of his people, this cannot be the message of gratitude that Nigerians deserve from the president, who has been absent from duty.”
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said it was not ready to react to the content of the president speech until Wednesday.

According to the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the South-west would collectively react to Buhari’s speech.
“We plan to react to the speech as South-west region, so I will not be able to give you any reaction until Wednesday when we would have arrived at a collective position,” he said.

However, a former National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), Dr. Kayode Ajulo, had both praise and knocks for the president over the speech. While he was not taken aback by the president’s refusal to resign as being speculated in some quarters, he said some aspects of the speech were undemocratic.

He said: “If you look at the speech it is less inspiring. For me, with that speech he should have shown empathy with Nigerians, appreciate them and woo them. And he is trying to pitch herdsmen against farmers by saying herdsmen versus farmers. We are all students of grammar. That is uncharitable.

“Here in Nigeria we are practicing democracy and for him to say ‘dear citizens’ is not acceptable. We are fellow citizens. And saying that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable is wrong. Democracy allows everything to be negotiated.

“The essence of democracy is freedom. Saying the unity is not negotiable is taking away the freedom in a democracy. Even marriage where it is for better or worse it is still negotiable. It is a political willy-nilly.”

United Kingdom-based journalist and public relation consultant, Mr. Lekan Fatodu, was of the opinion that the president was not himself during the speech, emphasising that Buhari should allow Osinbajo to continue managing the Nigerian economy.

“The man is so jocular, brutally open and candid, part of why you voted for him and he has just brought these known characteristics into his speech this morning (Monday morning) but many have started to whine,” he said.

  • Iam Absolutelyzero

    It simply means that he is trying to debug his offices of listening & monitoring devices inserted & planted by those who had control of the premises in his absence… These sewer rats, ha!

  • Pax

    He is “jocular” and “some […] have crossed our national red lines by DARING to question our collective existence as a nation.” “Terrorists and criminals must be fought and DESTROYED relentlessly.” Buhari is very “jocular”.
    Buhari is, also, is “brutally open and candid”, which explains why Nigerians have been told exactly what the nature of the illness he has been battling for most of his presidency is, whilst the UK government, its intelligence services and all its/their western and possibly African allies, are fully in the know.

  • Ola

    I believe someone was in charge of the president’s office whilst he was away. The president was away for approximately six months and the rodents were in charge???

    This is very shameful and is a testimony that “maintenance” is not in your dictionary.

    We have many unemployed graduates roaming our streets and now we need money to clear out the present occupant of the president’s office – the rodents!!!

    How many millions (and probably billions) are we looking at please???

  • Tea

    How this govt spokesman believes that Nigerians are gullible amazes me. IT is obvious that the man is still sick and has only come home believing that his physical presence even in the other room will make a difference. Lies, upon Lies – APC.

  • Angry Niaja

    Haba, have we no shame as a country, “rodents” in the President’s office, because it was unused for 3 months, this is extremely shameful, I lock rooms in my house for longer than that and do not have such a situation ever, who ever cooked up this stupid lie, and the idiots who have broadcast this need to have their heads examined.

    So assuming this is “true”, Aso Villa does notnhave cleaners, because the President is away the offices are locked and keys taken away? This is not their private home mind you. No, no, no, I was one of the Buharist’s, but I’m gradually having a rethink, and so are several of his supporters. We, Nigerians are NOW being taken for granted. What a dissapointment, this was how GEJ messed up as well aster the initial support he got from Nigerians, these goons at ASO villa are gradually eroding the support as well.

  • Efeturi Ojakaminor

    “… pending renovation of office.” Tell that to the marines.

  • Ak

    RODENTS in the presidents office… Is the office in the Boys quarters or what???

  • Austin_77478

    “Mr. Shehu Garba, told THISDAY that the president’s office needed renovation because of its devastation by rodents during the president’s long period of absence.”

    Shehu, are you crazy? What do you take Most Nigerians for? In as much I’ve been supporting this government, because of its anti corruption posture, why couldn’t you just say, Buhari needed another two weeks of rest to acclimatize with the rigorousness of the job?

  • Egie Joseph Odiase

    This Shehu Garba is massively incompetent. Rats!!! Shut up.

  • Felicia Akinwale

    If the FEC fails to hold tomorrow, I do hope LIE and Garbage would come up with better lies than rodents and cockroaches because that hall has been used weekly while Buhari was away and we never saw rats and cockroaches during the meetings. So Lie, Garbage and Femi Irosina, start looking for fresh lies in ur Thesaurus of lies.

    • Iskacountryman

      it is a fact that yariba juju men wer invited to aso rock in hs absence…and we have to tear the walss down…o remove the juju…

      • Toby

        You had over 100 days to tear the walls and by the way were you guys sleeping when the juju were being planted?

        • Jon West

          Don’t mind the yeye nyamiri man.

        • Iskacountryman

          osibanjo was standing guard…

  • RumuPHC

    Telling a lie is always the easiest part; ask any criminal. Keeping up with the lies told is obviously the difficult aspects.

    Apparently nothing built on falsehood survives prolonged observation. This is the nature of life. It’s just that Nigerian politicians and power brokers always seek to challenge logic and natural laws of life.

    It’s not difficult to see where this current charade will end. Hopefully future tenants of Aso Rock will learn from this a spare us another tragicomedy . I guess Nigerians have had enough!

  • Basil Chijioke

    are there no cleaners to maintain the president office while he was away, more like the office has not been swept for the 100 days he was away. ridiculous though but still a possibility in Nigeria. just believe the president more time to fully recuperate for public function.

  • IKEMBA

    LMFAO..!!

    “You Can Fool All The People Some of The Time, And Some of The People
    All The Time, But You Cannot Fool All The People All The Time”
    —–Abraham Lincoln.

    DUDE…
    These folks must be having a BIG Fecking Laugh over 200M+ Citizens…!
    Are they for Fecking REAL..!
    My God, It’s DE JAVU all over Again..!

    NOW…
    While Buhari was away, His Enemies sent Legions of Rodents to Attack his Office; destroying everything, from Files, to Chairs and Tables… + including his Medicine Cabinets. HABA..!
    Big Fat Lies Repeated Over and Over Again, Becomes The Big Fat Truth..!

    OK, Nevermind…
    But when will the renovation be completed…?: No Date In Sight..!

    HOWEVER…
    We know the president returned home with some Foreign Doctors… We also know that facilities were being set up at the Villa while he was away, to enable him continue with his Chemo Treatment upon his return..

    BUT WHY LIE ON ALL THIS….?

  • Otunba 1

    Funny country. They know the solution to the mirage of problems, but they shy away from it. RESTRUCTURING remains the silver bullet to all our unity and co-existence question, not Abuja rodents or president’s health!

  • Fowad

    Nigeria needs a Buhari figure to run it, even half healthy. He can be assisted by the patriots with full health. Patriotism is all that matters. Not his fault that he is sick. He will soon recover

    • papred06

      A correct system of governance is better. Some devolution of powers so as to check corruption and make the center less attractive. Economic reform to promote free market. Special courts to fight corruption. Patriotism counts for nothing if a weak president takes over from a strong one. Ghana is a typical example. Nigerians are being mislead by this.

  • OkonOnonokpono

    This is a very funny side, that it requires the President to be in residence for the presidential palace to be in good condition. Whither is Nigeria? This is too degrading and unintelligent reporting. It took the President a few months to move into his official residence after the former President vacated the residence. Was this also due to the swamp of rodents? What are cockroaches saying to this blasphemy? The americana nation must wake up to send their americanas for a protest match, and must make their presence felt not only in Abuja but also nukes and crannies of our beloved Country. How dare anyone mention rodents without americanas?

  • MaskedPhantom

    The truth is gradually but surely coming out that Mr. President is terminally sick. No sane person believes he returned on his own accord. He was hounded out of London and spirited back by a cabal, intent on maximizing their hold on power by pulling wool over our eyes. Shehu’s garbage would have been comical were it not for the dire and tragic consequence that this evil conspiracy will portend.

  • vic

    NIGERIA HAS BEEN REDUCED TO THE REPUBLIC OF LIES AND DECEIT. THE TRUTH IS SOON COMING OUT.

  • vic

    BUHARI IS STILL ON DEATH BED. HE CANNOT ESCAPE HIS KARMA.

  • vic

    NIGERIA IS BEING RUN BY HIGH FLIER CROOKS AND GANGSTERS WHO PRACTISE DOUBLE STANDARDS AND HAVE NO RULE OF LAW.

  • It is both a tragedy and a comedy that the office of our President is where rats, rodents and cockroaches hold meetings. APC, APC, APC, when will you stop lying. Oyegun, who is supposed to be a true Benin man that fears only God, has disappointed all Bendel people. A true Bendel man cannot be a goat.

  • Milito

    Hahaahahaha….Obviously the president media men are his greatest liability! How on earth could one concoct such a brazen and naked lie ? Rodent in Aso Rock as a whole not to talk of the president’s office ? Haba! Not even in a private sector office (Banks and Telecoms I know and have worked in …) will such be entertained.

    Like many has pointed out, how come the office wasn’t put in order before his arrival or did he just surprised us with his home coming ? Are their no personal staff managing his office in his absence ? What a falsehood made in hell!

    While I think that the issue of working at home or his office is actually immaterial so long the work is done, the media team could have done better by simply saying that while the president is still recuperating, he would for now be attending to official issues from his residential home. Whatever Nigerians may interpret it as is irrelevant and cant be more damaging than the existing negative speculations on his health. Something is not right with the public relations skills of the presidents media team….

    My summary deduction is simple and either of (a) the president is still incapable of resuming the task of leadership but for selfish political expediency of the cabal, he has to be rushed back and working from the office will further put him on undue pressure and jeopardise the plan (b) for the purpose of our peculiarity and high propensity to superstitions, they need time to effect spiritual cleansing on his office before he resumes in it less his enemies capitalize on that to quicken his exit and benefit from his ouster. Either way, it is a shame to our image as a people and a ruin to our national development. But let me add, who shame epp? The man got to think for his personal safety first abeg….

    Finally, I am indifferent about the call for his resignation because like I have earlier stated that those calling for his resignation now have selfish goals but are hiding under a “fake patriotism” to do so. I would have bought into the call but for the fact that the sponsors of the call were the same people who designed this FAILED administration from the beginning and thus ‘showed us their hands’ even before the election what the plans had always been – get power via the doctrine of necessity! Unfortunately, this is what the cabal is fighting against by foisting on a us a sick president .

    Let the drama continue and we are patient spectators. Bunch of IDIOTS!

  • Ify Onabu

    All shadow, no substance… the same office was used by Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan. Are you saying that the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not fit for purpose? It must be renovated every year? Was the same office not renovated in May 2015? How many Nigerians have the privilege of renovating their homes every 2 years?

  • Akins

    “Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot
    of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units,” Please where was Aisha staying for the past 3 months?

    • MaskedPhantom

      In the “other room” remember?

    • vic

      IN DA ODER ROOM????

  • justin okonedo

    hate speech nbr. 1, however, God will answer him for us soon

  • moribund9ja

    A country run by idiots.
    The office of the president was taken over by rodents…. my God!
    So there is no maintenance system in place even in the so-called Aso Rock?
    Or is the president’s return unplanned that renovation is taking place at moment that he should be working?
    What kind of a country is Nigeria?

    • vic

      ……………AND RAW THIEVES.

  • Enyioko

    Buhari is insensitive to issues. I do not know how he manipulated himself to be the president of Nigeria.

  • Felicia Akinwale

    Ahmed Omar, please understand that in Trumps case, all that was needed to repair was detailed just as you have excellently recalled. Then, we were told it would be completed in 17 days and in 17 days, trump was back. In this case, Garbage said AC units and Furniture: we could buy new ones and install same in 2 days. Also, Trump was seen and heard from in those 17 days. For Buhari, we wait and see.

    • It will be better we wait and see. This day reporter testify to sighting renovations work.

  • Felicia Akinwale

    Jesus, please help our nation out. Why keep a dying man at all costs in Aso Rock. In the interest of the Nigerian nation, if indeed we should remain as one, this sit tight despot has to delete. This man is unfit. How he managed to complete that seven minutes address is a miracle. Never in our history as a nation have we ever had a short address by any leader: Military, Civilian or Interim leader. Buhari is shameless. Now dem go say na Lassa fever him get again because, of all the rooms in Aso Rock, it’s his office that rats hold meetings. Since him no dey office, rats began using the place to determine how to defeat Buhari abi? Shehu Garbage is worse than the bad sides of Abati and Adeniyi put together. Buhari is terminally ill.

    • Felicia, maybe this will upset you?

      Presidents come and go in the White House, but the rats remain. The vermin squatters — rats and mice — have been holding their ground despite eradication efforts by the best and brightest of several administrations.

      Some of this saga of mice and men has been publicized, but some is actually classified. Along the latter lines, we uncovered a report, still classified “top secret,” from the Ford administration when the National Security Council was run out of the Situation Room by a rat.

      The secure basement room is where the president and his brain trust gather for National Security Council meetings or during a crisis. On Nov. 25, 1975, there was no crisis, except the one stirred up by a large rat that derailed the NSC meeting…….

      • Felicia Akinwale

        You are so correct. If rats could have invaded the President’s office which has no kitchen, how come the rats avoided his official residence which houses a functional kitchen? Or are the rats only paper eating??

        • papred06

          Shehu Garba has just announced that evidence will soon be provided. The pictures of the said rodents are already circulating on social media. They’re quite big!!

      • Sustain Transformation

        The rat they are referring to here is a euphemism for the image laundering e-rats engaged by Prof Lai when the cat was away.

  • The West Wing is undergoing an renovations, and the President will be working from Trump’s Tower. Upgrading the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, the steps on the South Lawn, the lower lobby, and the Navy Mess kitchen, as well as cosmetic upgrades like carpet changes, White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters.
    Does it matter where a President is working from within his country? Most important thing is he’s alive and his massive followers are happy he’s alive and back.

    • Felicia Akinwale

      It matters where he works from because his office is made for the exact purpose.

      • It doesn’t matter. That’s why the America president can work from and receive visitors at camp David, Mar-a-lago resort and the Trump’s Tower. In 2015 president Buhari worked from Defence House Maitama. It was also reported that an ex Nigeria president treat files in the comfort of his mistress living room etc.

        • Sealdek Ventures

          Sincerely I wish i understood your comparism with Trump and the White House. The President is just recovering therefore he needs to work from home. It is as simple as ABC.

          There is no need to LIE, and say rodents “devastated” furniture and Air Conditioners in the President’s office.

          When we wish to hide something known to us, we use the absurd of excuses to justify the most ordinary of instances. Its a mere psychological test, that has been proven to be effective for generations.

          When the President’s office is being renovated because it actually requires renovation, Nigerians are intelligent enough to know. In this case, we all know it is because the President needs to fully recuperate

        • Lawal Umar

          what felicia said is right, it does matter where he works considering the circumstances under which Buhari left the office and how he came back, are they telling us that the presidential office cannot be managed or maintained until when the president returns from a sick leave? Nigerians need be assured that the man is healed and fit enough to work, the rodent excuse is very lame by any standard, besides why making references to america where the leaders are honest and very transparent, the american people will readily accept any excuse given to them by their leaders, this is Nigeria my friend,our are the worst and shameless liars that has no second in the whole wide world, it is insensitive for the presidency to lie to Nigerians at this juncture and i expect prs Buhari to be the last person to accept crabs and bullshit to be fed to the Nigerian people after fastin and relentlessly praying for his recovery, but alas…….

          • You ain’t talking from the point of law.

          • Lawal Umar

            i am just being objective mr omar, if Nigerians should be taken for a ride pr Buhari should not be a party to that scheme, he is too good for that, thats all am sayin, it will do him no harm if tells Nigerians what is really going on.

          • Lawal, PR management has nothing to do with Mr. President. He cannot stop them from doing their work. Presidents imsge makers all over the world lie, so far it didn’t borders on National security.

    • Felicia Akinwale

      Ahmed Omar, please understand that in Trumps case, all that was needed to repair was detailed just as you have excellently recalled. Then, we were told it would be completed in 17 days and in 17 days, trump was back. In this case, Garbage said AC units and Furniture: we could buy new ones and install same in 2 days. Also, Trump was seen and heard from in those 17 days. For Buhari, we wait and see.

      • Truth is bitter

        USA with best economy in the world completed their renovation in 17 days, while Nigeria with looted economy can do same in two days. Hatred has turned your acumen laterally inverted. Stop practicing zombie and mental-slavery to politicians.

        • Toby

          Your president was away for over 100 days for zoo’s sake…yes truth is bitter.

  • Daniel Obior

    Another shameful lie to provide the excuse for Buhari not to be on seat, as he continues to grapple with his health. Because these people are so dumb, they tell the most unintelligent lies. Rodents indeed! The man is sick and frail, and cannot function with the vigour required of a president in this madhouse called Nigeria. He should resign and stop wasting our time and money.

    • MaskedPhantom

      My brother, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. In fact, I laughed so much that my eyes began to shed tears. Tears of shame, anger and despondency. See what our government has become! Imagine the likeness (sic). We are now a Federal Republic of Comedy, where the prime cast consists of men and women who regale us with tales that even my 5 year old boy had to say: Daddy, they can lie o!
      Once again, imagine the likeness

      • papred06

        Why are you crying the reports plainly says that rodents attacked the chairs. It’s not a big deal, we have such pests in Nigeria and they cause a lot of problems. The office obviously has to be fumigated before our leader can work there.

        • MaskedPhantom

          Your mumu never do? Go get a brain, you dimwit.

        • E don do Niaja

          Shallow!

        • Uzoma

          Except that they previously claimed the renovation works were being done by the giant Julius Berger.

    • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

      My brother relax.
      Time exposes all lies.

      • Daniel Obior

        So much of their lies have been exposed, yet they tell more lies. Time certainly has no cure for the lies of this government. That is what is worrying.

        • john

          Only haters like you see truth as lies. All your doomsday predictions just refuse to come to light.

          • Daniel Obior

            At least I am honest enough to state that I dislike the man because he is a despot, a liar, vindictive, nepotistic and above all most unintelligent, among other things. Too many fools and gullible idiots are blinded to his glaring weaknesses. That is why they still fail to see the doomsday staring them in their faces.

        • Michael Kadiri SocioPolitical

          Time will not cure the lies but will reveal the truth
          Which leads one to another vexing question.
          Will Nigerians know the truth if it slapped them in the face?
          After all, some are still arguing that this rodent story can possibly be true

          • Daniel Obior

            You are right; Nigerians no longer know what is true. If anything, the lies have become truth to them/us. What a shame!

    • chris money

      Fellow Nigerians,
      Many nigerians are suffering and dying as a result of maladministration from mafias,thieves and false propagandists president buhari,Tinubu and Saraki.
      This hardship will continúe because of the sins of buhari. Those nigerians killed by president buhari ,their blood and spirits will continúe to hurt him and have effect
      on the country. He will go to UK for medical and spiritual treatment soonest and never return. Mr.president is your birth right to spend the country hard currency on our personal interest.
      Thanks
      Madrid Spain

    • Iskacountryman

      that picture is photoshopped…his face looks too shiny…

      • Jon West

        Steroids my dear man, steroids.

        • Iskacountryman

          how do you expect me to know such things?…shine shine face na steroid cause am…

    • American

      Thanks. It is another medical leave by other means. Think of it. No state functions. nijiria is a joke.

  • Arabakpura

    Buhari must be the author and finisher of his office for it to have waited for his physical presence before work could start! There must be about 199 million fools and less than 10 wise men in Nigeria!

    Is this a curse?

    • vic

      YES, IT IS.

    • Truth is bitter

      It’s a spiritual renovation and Some men of God have started the renovation which requires the presence of the president for him to make a renouncement to the evil powers in his office. It’s a curse from the president who laid the foundation of Aso Villa with human lives buried everywhere just to, perpetually, remain in power. You may not understand the point I’m making.

  • Jadah Ayoola

    Rodents in President’s office? Shehu Garba is an idiot for insulting the sensibility of Nigerians. Aso Rock cabals are the rodents and the hyenas and tigers. I hope you chase them to their homes and bring in the good guys

  • Toby

    Rodents in a presidential office? The zoo is even better than this country. Walahi!

    Ok, they couldn’t even clean the place ahead of his coming back?.. it means that they hurriedly brought him back as sounds of “our mumu don do” began to echo in London.

    Shame to our leaders and everyone that work in Aso Rock. Big shame to Mr. Shehu Garba for telling us this “cock and rodent” story. A kindergarten can not believe this trash, yet papa Oyegun believes. Shame! shame!! shame!!!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    So, renovation of his office couldn’t be done while he was away for more than 100 days? It seems to me the circus around skeleton Buhari will only end when he pecks. And peck he will. Soon, too.

    • Iskacountryman

      the yaribas put juju in the framework…