The Presidency on Sunday explained that the decision by security officials to bar attendees of the burial ceremony of the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, from entering the State House was standard protocol.
This explanation was given following reports that senior State House officials were denied access into the Presidential Villa, Abuja after attending the burial ceremony, which included prayers on the corpse of Kyari at the Defense Guest House in Maitama and and interment at Gudu Cemetery.
An online medium had reported that some aides to President Muhammadu Buhari, who attended the burial incurred the President’s displeasure for allegedly violating Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) regulations, especially social distancing.
Views from the burial ceremonies; the prayers at his former official residence and at the burial site, had continued to raise concerns among Nigerians, noting how crowded the ceremonies were and the failure of attendees to observe social distancing.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, wrote on Twitter that security operatives were observing standard protocol.
According to him, those who attended the event were supposed to proceed on self-isolation immediately after the ceremonies.
“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,” he said.