Three weeks after his May 29 inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday evening relocated to the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He joined his wife, Aisha, who had moved in on Thursday.
Before he finally moved in, the President had, on Sunday afternoon, visited the Presidential Villa briefly.
Those who thought he had finally relocated to the seat of power were however shocked when Buhari left the premises after spending a few minutes. He later returned finally in the evening. Since their inauguration, Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have yet to relocate to the Presidential Villa.
They have been operating from their private residences and the Defence House, Maitama, which is the official residence of the President-elect.
Surprisingly, however, the President’s wife on Thursday relocated to the Presidential Villa at a time when her husband was out of Abuja.
Buhari was at that time on a two-legged private trips to Kaduna and Daura, his hometown in Katsina State.
Multiple Presidency sources had said that the President would join his wife inside the Presidential Villa upon his return to Abuja after the trip.
However, when Buhari returned to the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday, he retired into his private residence in Aso Drive, from where he had been operating.
But on Sunday afternoon, the President reportedly visited the Presidential Villa, apparently to spend a few minutes with his wife as he prepared to join her.
“The President was here this afternoon (Sunday). He arrived at about 2pm and spent about 30 minutes before he left. He later returned in the evening. At last, the President has moved in,” a Presidency official said.
It was not clear at press time whether Osinbajo had also moved in.
With his relocation, Buhari is expected to operate from the President’s office for the first time on Monday.