The protesters had set out from the Unity Fountain in Abuja around 10:30am, but met a wall of police officers on the road leading to the villa.
This development is reminiscent of the Goodluck Jonathan era when the campaigners were denied access to the villa.
This is the third time that the group will be visiting the villa under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The first was in July, when they were well recieved, second in November, when they were initially prevented from seeing the president, but ended up meeting him after insisting.
Journalists were ordered out of that meeting.