All You Should Know About The Aso Rock Presidential Villa
Few have ever been through the doors of Nigeria’s Presidential Villa otherwise known as the Aso Villa or Aso Rock, and only few ever will. The Aso Rock Presidential Villa or Aso Villa is the official residence and workplace of the President of Nigeria. It’s the most protected state house in Nigeria.
In this article, we discuss the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, its history and location and also share some photos of the interior and the exterior of this powerful residence.
Location of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa
The Aso Rock Presidential Villa is located in Yakubu Gowon Crescent, The Three Arms Zone, Asokoro, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
History of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa
The first occupant of the Aso Villa, Former Head of State Ibrahim Babangida moved into the Aso Rock Presidential Villa on 12 December 1991, which was also the same day he relocated the nation’s capital from Lagos to Abuja. Ever since, the Aso Rock Presidential Villa has been official residence and workplace of the President of Nigeria.
The Aso Rock Presidential Villa derives its name from the Aso Rock, a 400 metres monolith located at the outskirts of Abuja. The rock is one of the tourist attractions in the city of Abuja.
The word “Aso” in the Gbagyi dialect means “victory” (the Gbagyi is an ethnic group who are predominantly found in the Federal Capital Territory). This meaning of the name of the Aso Rock is supposedly one of the reasons why the Presidential Villa was named after it.
Construction of the Presidential Villa commenced on October 13, 1989, when former Head of State Ibrahim Babangida took office. He completed the project on November 1, 1991, and moved in on December 12, 1991, thereby becoming the first Head of State to occupy the Villa. The villa has served all Nigerian presidents ever since.
List of Presidents Who Have Occupied The Aso Rock Presidential Villa
- Ibrahim Babangida
- Sani Abacha
- Abdulsalam Abubakar
- Olusegun Obasanjo
- Umaru Musa Yar’ adua
- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
- Muhammadu Buhari
Other Facts About the Aso Rock Presidential Villa
The Aso Rock Presidential Villa is only occupied by the President of Nigeria. The Vice President occupies the Aguda House which is also known as the Vice Presidential Complex. In 2010, the construction of a new residence for the Vice President commenced, but the plans were halted in 2015 as the new administration of Muhammadu Buhari did not consider it a priority.
The Presidential Complex consists of the Main Presidential Villa (which includes the office and residence of the president and offices of the Vice President and Wife of the President), State House Annex, the State House Conference Center and the Akinola Aguda House.
The Aso Rock Presidential Villa is heavily protected and restricted to tourists unlike the presidential villas of some other countries such as the United States which is open to tourists. Previously, tourists were allowed into the Aso Rock Presidential Villa although they required security clearance. The popular belief is that the worsening problem of insecurity across the country was what led the Federal Government to shut the doors of the Presidential Villa to the general public.
Photos of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa
Below we share photos of the interior and the exterior of The Aso Rock Presidential Villa.