Following his assumption as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is yet to occupy his official residence at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
New Telegraph gathered that six weeks after taking the mantle of leadership from former President Muhammadu Buhari, President Tinubu has been actively using his private conference room, office space, and Aso Chambers for crucial meetings with local and international guests. but his official residence east of the office remains unoccupied.
Checks revealed that the President’s convoy usually leaves the premises at the close of his work day, bypassing his official residence, and heading for his Maitama private mansion. The same applies to his daily resumption.
According to Punch, the President’s moving in has been delayed due to ongoing renovation that began in late April when former President Buhari vacated the 32-year-old structure for a temporary residence called the Glass House.
It would be recalled that on May 6, 2023, weeks before Tinubu’s inauguration, maintenance work began around the Villa. It encompassed recoating worn-out portions with white paint, and a change of furniture in the green room of the Council Chamber, among others.
A spokesman for Buhari, Garba Shehu, had tweeted under a picture, “Painter at work. Villa wearing a new look for the incoming President.”
A senior source in the State House had told our correspondent that Tinubu, like his predecessors, was expected to decide what kind of furniture would be installed in his official residence.
Although Buhari moved into his new residence almost three weeks after his inauguration, Presidency sources confirmed the delay to our correspondent and said the same could not be expected of the new Commander-in-Chief, who is moving in eight years after a previous occupier.
The source stated, “These things are relative. It is not fixed at all. Goodluck Jonathan stayed for five years, and Buhari stayed for eight years. So, the level of repairs that needs to be done this time must have increased.
“There may be major alterations they are trying to do. For example, the Council Chamber we use today didn’t have all the technology it has now.
“There was a point during Baba’s (Buhari’s) tenure that it had to be shut down completely because they wanted to upgrade it. We were using the First Lady’s conference room for Federal Executive Council meetings at that time. And it took a long time to effect the changes.”
Another source said, “It’s also about individual choices, what you want in a place. But he (Tinubu) occupied the office as soon as he came in.”
On June 10, a security source confided in our correspondent, “He (Tinubu) has not moved in because maintenance is still on.”