When Was The Aso Rock Villa Built?
Aso rock villa, which is officially called The Aso Rock Presidential Villa, has served as the residence and the office of the Nigerian president since 1991, the same year that the capital city relocated to Abuja.
Awaiting when a permanent Presidential residence would be constructed, the Akinola Aguda House, primarily conceived as a Presidential Lodge and Guest House Complex, served as the President’s temporary official office and guest house hosting visiting Heads Of State.
When President Ibrahim Babangida took office in in 1985, he started the construction of the Aso Rock Villa . In 1991, the new Presidential residence was completed, making President Ibrahim Babangida the first President to occupy it.
Where Is The Aso Rock Villa Located?
The Aso rock villa is located in Asokoro, within The Three Arms Zone, in the Federal Capital Territory. It surrounds the Aso Rock, a 400 meter monolith which is also within the The Three Arms Zone. Besides the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, two other major seats of power – the Supreme Court and the National Assembly are also located in this area.
The Aso Rock villa goes by several other names including The Rock, State House, and The Villa. And it is the most protected presidential residence in all of Africa. You would be going on a suicidal mission if you dared try to infiltrate the place. It is protected by the Presidential Guard Brigade.
The Presidential Guard Brigade also carry out protective and ceremonial duties for the president.
Occupants Of The Aso Rock Villa Since 1991
- Ibrahim Babangida
- Sani Abacha
- Abdulsalam Abubakar
- Olusegun Obasanjo
- Umaru Musa Yar’Adua
- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
- Muhammadu Buhari, the present president
The Presidential complex houses the the main Presidential Villa which comprises of the residence and office of the President, along with offices of the Vice President and the First Lady.
The Akinola Aguda House, the State House Annex, and the State House Conference Center are also within the presidential complex.
Can You Visit The Presidential Complex?
Obviously, the Aso Rock Villa is not just open to any Tom, Dick, and Harry. You can only visit the presidential complex by invitation. If ever you get invited.