As you read this, President Muhammadu Buhari is now operating from the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. He finally relocated to the place on Sunday evening, three weeks after his May 29 inauguration.
He joined his wife, Aisha, who had moved in ahead of him on Thursday.
Special Adviser Media and Publicity Femi Adesina confirmed the movement on Sunday night.
Before he finally moved in, the President had in the afternoon of Sunday visited the Presidential Villa where he stayed for about 30 minutes.
Those who thought that he had finally relocated to the seat of power were however shocked when Buhari left the premises after spending a few minutes.
He later returned finally in the evening. Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been operating from outside the Presidential Villa since their inauguration.
While Buhari was operating from Defence Guest House in Maitama, Osinbajo had been operating from his private residence.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had at a time told State House Correspondents that Buhari was operating from the Defence House a ‘rented house’ because the Presidential Villa was undergoing renovation and that the president would move to the Villa once it was ready.
He later released photographs of workers of the construction giant, Julius Berger Plc, who were painting the outer walls of the President’s office as proofs of renovation work.
Shehu had also last week Tuesday issued a statement to debunk speculations that Buhari had refused to move into the Presidential Villa since his inauguration because of purported advice from some Senegalese spiritualists.
He explained that “Buhari is a Muslim who believes his fate belongs to God.” He added that “no true believer combines faith in God with reliance on the power of ordinary mortals, who can neither protect themselves, nor protect others from the hands of fate.”
He said the purported “spiritual cleansing of the Aso Rock Villa by Senegalese marabouts before President Buhari moves into the Villa” was the figment of the imagination of rumour mongers.
Shehu added that it was ridiculous to attribute Buhari’s delay in moving into the Villa to any advice from fictitious marabouts, insisting that renovation work was largely responsible for the delay.