LAGOS – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more than 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman told AFP Tuesday.
Buhari must just say he wants to work from his bed — https://t.co/KA3RPVn7do
— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@GugsM) August 22, 2017
The animals damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president’s official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment, his media adviser Garba Shehu confirmed.
Coming with the rats excuse is an embarrassment to the nation and also shows the Buhari administration isn’t prepared for governance.
— Bolanle Cole– (@bolanle_cole) August 22, 2017
“These are also general works and it is not uncommon for Nigerian presidents to also work from the presidential villa. He has used the residential office for many years,” said Shehu.
Let’s endeavour to put President Buhari in our prayers tonight. It must feel really awful having rodents desecrate your office
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (@Rouvafe) August 22, 2017
“What is important is that the job gets done. Whether he does it from his bedroom or his sitting room or his anteroom — it does not matter. Let the job be done. And the job will be done,” Shehu told the Arise News broadcaster.
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Shehu was unable to confirm what type of rodent was responsible for the damage, which occurred during the president’s prolonged absence for an undisclosed medical condition.
Meet the King Rat that planned the coup against Buhari, chased him away and took over his office! pic.twitter.com/wwV5iCztur
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) August 22, 2017
“I do not have that level of detail,” he said, adding that it was unclear how long the refurbishment would last.
During his time away, tensions surfaced back home, where calls grew for him to either return or resign.
What is Buhari still doing with his media team? Wonders shall never end smh —
— Amsuleiman (@sule_taylr_gang) August 22, 2017
The Nigerian leader met with his security chiefs at his official residence on Tuesday, ordering them to deal with threats to the unity of the country.
In the weeks before Buhari left for London on May 7, he also worked from the presidential residence — missing cabinet meetings and having official documents transported to him.
So Buhari is still sick? We are just playing in this country
— TweeterRadio (@iamTestedOkay) August 22, 2017
Rumours about his health have dogged Buhari even before he came to power in May 2015. He rejected claims during the election that he was critically ill from prostate cancer.
Honestly speaking buhari has turned Nigeria to a Comedy show–
— Senator Adebari (@barry_sbba) August 22, 2017
Buhari did not address his absence or medical situation when he addressed the nation on television on Monday, instead talking about separatism, crime, terrorism and the economy in his first speech since returning.
President Buhari’s office ‘being renovated after rats damaged furniture and air conditioning units’ — –https://t.co/saRjA1CScO pic.twitter.com/mRJDZFnoOR
— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) August 22, 2017
In an official letter to parliament on Monday relieving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo of his duties as acting head of state, Buhari described his trip as a “medical follow-up”.
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Clashes between protesters calling on Buhari to return from his recent lengthy absence and the presidents’ defenders erupted in Abuja last week.
Buhari turned Africa’s largest economy to rubbish…now, he has, ALSO, turned his cows to RATS!
Tufiakwa for this man.
— ugwu chukwudi richie (@ugwucrichie) August 22, 2017
He first travelled to London in June last year for what aides said was a persistent inner ear infection, returning in January for check-ups, according to his office.
The health of Nigeria’s president is a sensitive issue. President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua died in office in 2010 from a long-standing, but previously undisclosed, kidney complaint.