All visitors to the Aso Villa are required to undergo rapid COVID-19 tests under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime.
According to Garba Shehu, a presidential aide, the new development came after a wave of COVID-19 infections in the country’s seat of power, with several close aides to the president contracting the virus.
To stop the virus from spreading, the regime mandated the rapid COVID-19 test, which can detect the virus quickly and easily.
Mr Shehu told journalists in Abuja on Sunday that a new COVID-19 regulation has been implemented for all visitors to the Villa, not just governors. “Every visitor to the Villa, not just those who see the president, must now pass a quick test at the gate.”
Mr Shehu claims that the rapid tests are free and are only being used as a precaution until the outbreak of infections subsides.
“No one is required to pay for the kits because they are freely distributed. Because of the recent spike in cases, this is only a temporary measure that will be lifted as soon as the situation calms down. It’s becoming more common in government offices around the world,” he added. “Although some exceptions have been made for a few leaders in government coming from outside the Villa, they too are encouraged to do those tests.”
“This policy has been rightfully justified following the discovery of COVID-19 positivity in some of those tested since the practice’s last few days,” he continued.
Mr Shehu recently recovered from the virus, but other Aso Villa employees who were infected are still recovering.