First Lady of the federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has invited a slew of presidential hopefuls to the Presidential Villa for Iftar dinner on Saturday.
For those who don’t know, Iftar is the meal eaten after sunset to break fast during Ramadan.
The invitation from the First Lady was extended to presidential hopefuls across political parties. PDP aspirants, APC aspirants even Christians were invited. Some names invited include Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Anyim Pius Anyim and Bukola Saraki.
In the invitation sent out, the invited guests were asked to leave behind their cellphones as the invitation card will also serve as their entry pass.
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The invitation was confirmed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Wife of the President, Aliyu Abdullahi. She clarified that it was standard protocol for guests at the Presidential Villa, to be requested not to go in with phones.
“There is nothing here. This is a standard operational protocol in the Villa when you are having a meeting with either of the three occupants of the Presidency. If they are coming for an event, this is supposed to be DSS enforced when the president is having an event or the Vice President is having an event or the first lady is having an event. Because outsiders will come. That’s the security and standard protocol.”