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Nothing extraordinary about those of us who attended Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa – Garba Shehu

Valentine Chinyem



Following report that attendees from the presidency, to late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari’s funeral, were barred from entering Aso Villa, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has reacted, saying, ”nothing extraordinary” surrounding the decision.

Garba Shehu who himself was in attendance at the burial as well as many others, were said to have violated the social distancing rule as mandated by the Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC).

This according to the agency as well as the World Health Organisation (WHO) is to help curb the spread of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic, currently ravaging the world.

However, in a series of tweet om Sunday, the senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said that the only reason some top government officials were denied access to the presidential villa after they attended the burial was in line with guidelines put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.

“This is in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Center for Disease Control, @NCDCgov and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of #Coronavirus.

“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,” Garba Shehu stated.

Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, died of complications from COVID-19 on Friday, and was buried on Saturday at Gudu Cemetry in Abuja according to Islamic rites.