It is no more news that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday after a three-month medical vacation in London. His national radio and television broadcast to the nation by 07:00 am on Monday attests to that fact — what is news, however, is that Buhari came back only to find his presidential office infested and overrun by rats . . .
After his return to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital (a.k.a. Aso Rock) a presidential aide said that President Buhari would be working from his official home while renovations were carried out at his office at Aso Rock, the Nigerian statehouse – by the German construction giant Julius Berger.
“Following the three-month period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and air conditioning units,” the president’s Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) Garba Shehu told ThisDay.
He explained that the president’s official home had an office annex and that the efficiency of his work would not be affected by the Julius Berger renovations.
Shehu also said that Julius Berger had been asked to speed up the maintenance process, but he declined to put a date on when Buhari would return to the presidential office.
The president’s Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Femi Adesina, said that renovations were needed in the presidential office because “103 days of absence affected it, there was some deterioration there.” Adesina also confirmed that the office in Buhari’s official residence was almost an identical replica of his main office and that President Buhari was not “luxuriating at home” as some media reports had suggested.
A rat is a rodent, and this gnawing mammal of an order that includes rats, mice, squirrels, hamsters, porcupines, and their relatives, distinguished by strong constantly growing incisors and no canine teeth are capable of interior destruction. From this report, it appears that rats have no respect for anybody. and/or any office, including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and/or the Nigerian presidential office.