The Press office of the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has challenged popular whistle-blowing website, Sahara Reporters to substantiate earlier claims that Mrs Buhari was involved in any sharp practice or unfairly exploited her office for personal aggrandizement.
A statement signed by Mrs Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media, Adebisi Olumide Ajayi faulted Sahara reporters’ allegations against the first lady, describing as a ridiculous efforts to smear the wife of the President.
Part of the statement reads: “The continuous publication of unfounded stories by Sahara Reporters against the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is becoming a great concern. After our last rejoinder, we expected the paper to come out with concrete evidence of deliberate fraud or abuse of privileges, or be bold enough to own up and apologize for such hazy and unsubstantiated report.
“Alas, what Sahara Reporters came up with was another conjecture of a purported internal memo within the Consulate, which has no direct link to Her Excellency.
It added, “The new accusation, however, has still not been able to substantiate where Aisha Buhari made any direct contact with the mission for anything.”
To further prove her case, the spokesperson reminded the website that “the High Commission has its internal administrative procedure, and it’s not within the purview of the wife of the President to ask for diplomatic files.
Furthermore, that the said memo showed little or no knowledge of Her Excellency’s itinerary proves the simple fact we earlier submitted that she had no direct business with the embassy to warrant the accusation of waste or corruption insinuated in the report.”
According to the statement, the NGO run by Nrs Buhari has no funding of the Federal government.
“Part of the wife of the President’s trips abroad are for her NGO, which is not funded by the Government, and It is not uncommon to have stopover in Britain like any other country as the case may be. According her VIP treatment is simple protocol for a personality of her status, which is done all over the world, and at no point was she offered anywhere else.
“The High Commission provided the lounge and Hajiya Buhari was not involved in the transaction.
This is even a far cry from the £32,000 expended in the past as landing fees for private jets of former first ladies.”
The spokesperson advised Sahara Reporters to toe the line of what she described as ‘responsible journalism’ by carrying “out a thorough check if the so called monies (£3,500) spent for whatever reason by the High Commission has any direct link with Hajia Aisha Buhari.
“That is responsible journalism.” She concluded.