Rodents that invaded President muhammadu's Buhari while he was away on medical vacation last year did so because there were many things they could eat at the place.

This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Jalal Arabi on Friday.

Arabi said rodents and other pests were in the Presidential Villa because of its location and availability of what he called "eatables".

He spoke when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Arabi was responding to a question by a member of the committee, Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe).

Lidani had asked: "On a lighter note, have you made provision for fumigation?  Because there were reports that rodents invaded the president’s office last year".

Responding, Arabi said: “You know Abuja is so blessed with so many eatables, attracting rodents and other animals. You know where the Villa is located, it’s on a valley. You can’t restrict their movement because of the international convention on animals".

Recall that the President couldn’t operate from his office when rodents were said to have damaged furniture and fittings in the office last year.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, issued a statement on this.

Because of this, the President for months operated from an office inside his official residence at the Villa.

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