The order to steer clear from the Aso Villa and observe 14-day self-isolation has drawn the comment of one of the affected persons, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu was one of the mourners and pallbearers that was at Guru cemetery to pay their last respects to deceased Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
The attendees who were like a hundred and mingled together contravened government’s social distancing order and mass gathering, sparking public outrage and backlash of the leaders not leading by example.
In turn, the presidency declared all those at the burial persona non grata at the seat of power for 14 days and ordered them to self-isolate.
Shehu in several tweets said that the presidency’s action was in order and made no difference.
The tweets: “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, NCDC 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.”