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Advice for guests at Abba Kyari’s burial to stay away from Aso Rock in order —Presidency

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The Presidency has said that there was noting unusual over the advice that those that attended Abba Kyari’s burial should distance themselves from Aso Rock.

Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff was buried on Saturday in Abuja after he died of COVID-19 infection in Lagos State on Friday.

There were public criticisms that those who attended the burial disregarded the social distancing directive of the government.

Consequently, it was learnt that there was an official order asking presidential aides, government officials and all the people that attended the burial not to visit the Presidential Villa till after two weeks.

Responding to this development in a statement on Sunday, the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu said there was “nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.”

According to Shehu, the order was “in line with the standard rules put in place by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

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“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,” he added.

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