Aso Rock on partial lockdown over coronavirus – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that the Presidential Villa in Abuja is on a partial lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Adesina revealed this on Wednesday while speaking with State House reporters.

Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and two of his aides recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Well, things are a bit on a low key,” Adesina said on the situation of things at the villa.

“It doesn’t mean that the State House is shut down, it’s just that things are a bit on the low key just like the rest of the country. The rest of the country is also on a low key, there is partial lockdown in most parts of the country. So, what is happening at the State House can also be called a partial lockdown but not a complete lockdown.”

Adesina also said the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings were suspended indefinitely because more than 50 persons converge as against the restriction on large gatherings.

“The council was suspended because of the size. You have over 50 people seated in the council chambers whenever the meeting holds and that is not advisable at a time like this,” he said.

“But if there would be a very important decision to be taken, you can always summon the relevant people, three, four or five and hold a small meeting and arrive at a decision. It does not mean that one man is going to be taking all the decisions. Of course yes there are executive decisions but the ones that must pass through consultations of which must have a buy-in of the Federal Executive Council can always be discussed at a smaller meeting.”