Senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, has confirmed he was one of the presidential aides barred from entering the presidential villa for flagrantly flaunting the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols and guidelines on the corpses of COVID-19 cases.
Judicial Sketch had reported that the presidency reacted to those who attended the open and rowdy burial of the late chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari by denying them access to the villa until they would have been isolated for two weeks.
Judicial Sketch reported that among the aides that were turned back from the presidency on Saturday are the state house chief protocol officer, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure; special assistant to the president, Yusuf Sabiu; a nephew to the president, Musa Haro Daura, and senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, Garba Shehu.
There were also the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno; director-general of national intelligence agency, Mr Ahmad Rufai, and personal assistant on new media to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmed and others.
Shehu, Sunday afternoon, took to his Twitter handle to confirm his two weeks expulsion from the presidential villa when he wrote that “There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.”
He also agreed that he and others have engaged in acts that are capable of spreading COVOD-19, when he wrote that their expulsion was “…in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Centre for Disease Control, @NCDCgov and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of #Coronavirus.”
Shehu has however been queried whether deliberately getting exposed to Coronavirus in the first place was in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health.