A Presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu has said that contrary to reports in some quarters, President Muhammadu Buhari had an engaging week devoted mostly to policy issues, not ceremonial events. Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said this in Abuja on Sunday. The presidential aide was reacting to media reports insinuating that the presidency had heavily cut down President Buhari’s workload since his return from London on March 10, to allow him rest. The reports said the President “has spent just about three to four hours in office since his return to Nigeria’’, adding that “the president has not attended any event outside the Presidential Villa since his return.’’
Shehu, however, debunked these assumptions, saying that “in the first week of his return, President Buhari walked his talk on his intense desire to pay back to Nigerians by way of keeping their trust and serving their interests. According to him, the President did not have a day off or even a light week at all throughout his week of resumption. President doesn’t follow official working hours because he is on duty all the time. He has another office by his living room so he works from home when most civil servants have closed.’’ Shehu noted that the president, who resumed work on Monday 13, started with the letters he sent to the two arms of the parliament, signifying his return to work. He said the president then went in for a handover briefing by the Vice President. He observed that on the same day, President Buhari held a state-of-nation meeting with Governors who had assembled for the routine meeting of the National Economic Council being presided over by the Vice-President. Shehu noted that Friday was used mostly for security briefing before the Juma’at prayers.