One of the staunch critics is Reno Omokri, who, writing under the Facebook account Build Up Nigeria, condemned the invitation.
“I don’t know about other aspirants, but I can assure Nigerians that AtikuAbubakar will never attend this event, or any other summons issued by Aisha Buhari. Imagine the audacity! Phones are not allowed? Is Aisha herself allowed? Tufiakwa! Nonsense!
“It is only simps, like Osinbajo, Amaechi, and Umahi, that will attend such an event. I seriously doubt that even BolaTinubu will be unwise enough to attend such.
Abdullah, in an interview with Daily Trust said it is standard protocol for guests at events in the Villa to drop their phones.
“There is nothing here. This is a standard operational protocol in the Villa when you are having either of the three occupants of the Presidency. If they are coming for an event, this is supposed to be DSS enforced.
“Whether 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.