Aisha Buhari denies reports linking her to abuse of privileges

Photo: naij.com
Photo: naij.com

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has denied a report linking her with the abuse of privileges at the Nigerian High Commission in London.

In a statement by Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, her Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Buhari described the report as “baseless and mischievous.”

“It was not in the interest of Mrs. Buhari to join issues with anyone, but necessary to put the record in proper perspective.

“This is necessary as it concerns her trip to UK and the Nigerian High Commission in London. Mrs Buhari had never travelled with a large entourage to London as reported by the Saharareporters.”

Mrs. Buhari was responding to a Saharareporters story that the Nigerian High Commission in London spends a minimum of £7,000 for hospitality every time she visits the UK.

According to the news media, Mrs. Buhari visited the UK more than seven times in 2016.

“The Mission was also informed that Her Excellency and members of her entourage would be staying at the vacant house/official residence of High Commissioner,” the newspaper reported quoting a High Commission document date July 28, 2016, and signed by Ibrahim Sule, Minister Counselor/Head of Chancery.

“In this regard, given the above scenario, there is the need for the Mission to provide hospitality to the First Lady and members of her entourage. To this end, I wish to kindly recommend to His Excellency to consider and approve the sum £7,000 to carry out the hospitality expenditure for the wife of the President, members of her family and entourage.”

The request was reportedly approved the same day.

But in her statement on Friday, Mrs. Buhari said the Nigerian High Commission in London had never offered any favour either in cash or material to her.

She said the records are not hidden for “non-mischievous reporters”, who intend to inform the people and not to disparage the president’s family.

“Mrs Buhari would have ignored the publication like all such baseless accusations, but for the angle with which the report was presented(which) has a corruption and abuse of privileges connotation,” the statement said.

“This, however, negates the fundamental principles upon which Buhari’s administration thrives.”

Mrs. Buhari also challenged Saharareporters and any other embassy staff to provide concrete evidence to contradict her claims.

“It is on record that the Nigerian High Commission in London did not receive Aisha Buhari at the Airport with any official distinction or privilege as it was accorded other first ladies before her,” she said.

“She never complained or raised dust about any of these act by the High Commission because of the understanding as clearly spelt out and practiced by her husband.

“That public office must be separated from the private lives of the occupants.

“Even her drivers are privately arranged without any recourse to embassy for staff.”


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  • GbemigaO

    Madam – you may not know so you can’t be crucified. However , there are many protocols /activities going on behind the scene that you may not be aware of. Just check next time that some people are not claiming money for your activities

  • Akiika

    Ok madam, let’s assume you didn’t receive anything personally from the embassy officials. Are you aware your aide was also accused? you need to clarify if you know about the illegal payments or not? If you don’t, now that you know, have you fired the sleazy aide? Did you stay at the said house or not? Your spokesperson need to do a better job with the denial. We will get there, let’s keep holding them accountable.

  • Maitama Tambari

    History is repeating itself. Once upon a time there was a Military Governor who claimed that a visiting Chief of Army Staff to the State cost the State millions of naira. The voucher was shown to the Chief who was shocked because the visit did not last very long, roughly few hours and did not include the Government House. Government Officials usually misbehave in the name of their distinguish guest. Most likely the boys made the budget in case of requirements but after the visit, the remaining money goes into their pocket without returning it into the treasury as expected by the financial regulations. First Lady is oblivious to the internal arrangement by the Head of the Chancery.

    • duwdu

      Well said, Maitama Tambari.

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  • Agho

    Is this how PTimes would have reported the matter had it been a story about Princess Faka Patience Jonathan? From the story it is clear that PTimes is engaging in a shameful propaganda to launder the image of the roadside hairdresser cum so called 1st lady. Opportunist! Rubbish!

    • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

      You must be sick!

  • Otile

    There is no way the First Lady can know how much money the crooks are budgeting in her name whenever she does her numerous trips to Ingila.

  • Man_Enough

    Sahara Reporters should avail the efcc with their findings so that this issue can be fully investigated. It appears some embassy staff are into some mischief.