The movement of President Muhammadu Buhari from the official Presidential residence into the Glass House, also within the Presidential Villa, is routine, to allow the readying of the official residence for its next occupier, the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidency has said.
It became public on recently when the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Thursday disclosed in a video that she and her husband, President Buhari, had moved out of the official residence into the Glass House, after taking the in-coming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, round the residence for familiarisation.
However, explaining the significance of the change of abodes for the President, Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communication, Bashir Ahmad, said it was a routine of the transitional process that an out-going President vacates the official residence ahead of the inauguration, to give space for the preparation of the building for the in-coming President.
Ahmad who spoke to The Nation in Abuja on Friday, said he was aware of the development and was not surprised because it was part of the transition process.
“Yes, I’m aware of that, but it is just following the laid down procedure. The standard rule is that in the run-up to the inauguration, the President will have to move into the Glass House, while the in-coming President stays at the Defense House. All of this is to prepare the State House for the new President.
“After the inauguration, the new President is expected to resume at the State House to start his tenure. It’s not strange, that is the order of transition”, he said.
While guiding Senator Tinubu round the residence in the video, the First Lady had also described the Glass House as a transitional home for the First Family, traditionally and called for the sustenance of the culture.
“Today, I’ve taken the in-coming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, round, she has seen the main house, we’re now at the popular Glass House. Glass House is a transitional home for the out-going President, I’m advising that the Glass House should maintain its tradition of being a transitional home for the out-going President.”
“As I’m talking to you now we’re residing here with my husband, only two of us here. I think it has to remain so, as a norm of the institution and of the house,” Mrs Buhari said