Three years after the last Armed Forces Council meeting in 2014, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday presided over the first council meeting since he came on board as a civilian president.
The meeting was symbolic because it took place at his main office at the Presidential, Villa, Abuja, which he had abandoned since he returned from his medical vacation in London, United Kingdom, following allegation of rodents taking over the office.
Recall that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu had explained that because of the invasion of rodents in President Buhari’s office, repair works by Julius Berger were ongoing.
The development forced the President to be using one of the smaller offices in the Villa for official engagements.
Reacting to online media reports that Buhari had not used the office for 81 days, the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media/Engagement Unit, Bashir Ahmed, confirmed the resumption of work at the main office, through his twitter handle @BashirAhmaad.
This is in addition to release of photographs of Buhari presiding over the Armed Forces Council meeting at the main office, indicating that repair works had been completed by construction firm managing infrastructure works at the Villa, Julius Berger.
It was rumoured that the President was avoiding the main office to allow ‘spiritual cleansing’ which some had attributed to be the root cause of his ailment.