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Mamman Daura Placed Buhari On Monthly Salary After He Was Released From Prison, Says Ibrahim Ali Gombe |RN

**Don’t embark on a battle you cannot win” – Buhari supporter, Ibrahim Ali Gombe pens long open letter to Aisha Buhari

My Advice to Hajjia Ashia

My dear First Lady,

Be careful! Don’t embark on a battle you cannot win. Some battles are not worth fighting. It is better not to fight, at all, than to fight and lose. Losing such a battle would have unravelled your invincibility. Those feminism, buharists, you think that are standing or whispering all you want to hear about About ur extended family are doing all this all because of their selfish intrest of what they want to gain from you not certainly because of you or your children.

Mamman Daura is your husband’s closest uncle, Fatima Mamman, no matter how young she is, she remains your child . They are your in-laws. Show some respect. They are your husband’s family. They are an integral part of your family. They are not strangers.

Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari (Chief of Staff) are two personalities you cannot push away from President Buhari, your husband. Fine, you’re his wife; however, what these two have contributed in the life of your husband is inestimable and unquantifiable. Buhari is Abba Kyari. Abba Kyari is Mamman Daura. Mamman Daura is Buhari. They are inseparable.

When IBB, overthrew your husband as Head of State, locked him up in the prison for not less than 3 years, it was Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari were there for your husband in the prison. When he eventually regained his freedom without no benefits as a previous head of state. Mamman Daura placed your husband on salary through his companies payroll, so that your husband can still stand as a man in terms of fulfilling his responsibility as a family man without begging friends and relations for financial help. They staked everything for the success of your husband. Your husband knows and appreciates their contributions. No matter what anyone says, Buhari will not leave them.

I don’t know of any individual who has contributed, financially, morally, spiritually and physically to the success of your husband and family more than them. The journey among the trio of Buhari, Mamman Daura and Abba Kyari is a journey of more than 40 years, even before you came in as a wife. After all, you just came in 1996. Cool down enjoy your marriage and also enjoy your post as the First Lady of this country.

That your children were oppurtuned to be educated in good foreign universities are one of the numerous courtsey of Alhaji Mamman Daura and Abba kyari. Have you also forgotten, when they will sponsor your trips to Overseas for vacation, just to make sure that there is a big smile on the lips of their young admirable wife. My dear First Lady, how many Nigerian women are oppurtuned to have such in-laws, the answer is 99.9% women are not oppurtuned to have such in-laws, this shows how blessed you are.

In 2003, 2007, 2011 presidential campaigns, Abba Kyari was your husband’s chief financier. They risked everything for your husband. They believed in the man Buhari, even when he kept on failing his elections. It is the outcome of that risk they took that you are enjoying today, as the First lady. Indeed, God has used them for you also.

That your husband wants them around him is a sign of gratefulness. My dear First lady, have you also forgotten that before your husband became the president, that Muhammadu Buhari spent most of his evenings in the house of his best friend and uncle Mamman in Daura. It is on record that anyone that wants to see old General, once it is 4pm goes straight to Mamman’s house, because it is already a known tradition that baba Buhari must be there as far as he is in Daura. That Buhari wants him around him in the villa is a clear manifestation that Buhari is not an ingrate. He appreciates favour. Thus, he will not pay favour with ingratitude. One thing is certain, the Buhari we all know will not trade his trusted allies for anything or anyone. This also shows that your husband Muhammadu Buhari can never trade you for another woman unlike most men in power and Generals always do. This also shows how blessed you are.

Aso Villa is a temporary residence. In the next four years, you will pack out. Life in the Presidential Villa is transient, ephemeral and short-lived. Don’t be overwhelmingly obsessed with it. The Villa is not a family house and it’s not your husband’s house. Soldier go, soldier come. I was a bit emotional few days ago when Goodluck Jonathan visited Buhari in the Villa. Many changes have been effected. Buhari was the one showing Jonathan the way. Imagine. A place Jonathan just left in 2015.

Hajjia Aisha, if anything is wrong, which you don’t feel comfortable with; amicable resolution is the way out. You need not fight anyone or take anyone as a foe. Show love. Show respect. Show tolerance. Mamman Daura’s children are your children. Show no discrimination or animosity. What goes around comes around. No one knows tomorrow. Those we meet in the course of climbing the ladder of life are the same people we will while coming down. Once again, remember your root and where you started.

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AUDIO: How Aisha Buhari Attacked Us In Aso Villa, Fatima, Mamman Daura’s Daughter Speaks Up, Confirms Viral Video

Below is the audio of Fatima’s interview in Hausa

Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, has accused the wife of the president of attacking her inside the presidential villa in Abuja.

Commenting on a video where the first lady was seen complaining about being denied access to her apartment, Fatima said she least expected Buhari’s wife to act in a violent manner.

In the video which trended on Friday while the rumour mill was agog that the president was getting married to Sadiya Umaru Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, the president’s wife was seen speaking in anger.

In a BBC Hausa interview monitored by TheCable, Fatima said she recorded the video as a proof that Buhari’s wife confronted her violently.

The incident happened in 2017.

“My name is Fatima. I am a daughter to Malam Mamman Daura… if one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the president is denied access to her apartment but let me give a context,” she said.

“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. You know that there are several houses and apartments in the villa. When the president got into office, he gave the Glass House to our father, Mamman Daura.

“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together like twins. When he became president, he gave the Glasshouse to our dad and said he should stay there. Our dad stayed there for three years now until when the president’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.

“When he returned, the president told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House. The Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment and that will make easier access to him by his mother. It is not in her apartment which is in the main apartment.”

Fatima narrated what led to the incident that was captured in the video, saying she recorded it to use as evidence against the first lady.

“(On that day) My mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed me and my elder sister, both of us are working and we go to work every morning, that we should come on a Saturday and move our belongings to the new apartment the president instructed,” she said.

“We planned to park out then and have even concluded moving all the things. All of a sudden, in the afternoon as we were busy on that errand of packing our belongings when we heard noise from outside. I was in an inner room in the house while my sister was in an outer one close to the main gate of the apartment. So my sister went out before I could come out.

“On getting there, it was the wife of the president. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. I have sent the picture to you. My sister that went out was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.

“I was so shocked and afraid of getting there because she was shouting and reigning abuses words and saying we should move out of that apartment. That she has never seen this kind of thing before. I then went back and picked my phone because if one is to say that she acted that way, no one would believe it without a proof. She has already been saying a lot of things depicting that she is being suppressed.

“So I recorded it to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. Because the way she was raging and shouting, I was thinking that she would pick something and hit us with it or something like that. That was why we recorded it. Had it been we wanted to release the video, we would have done it earlier. But you know if a video clip enters one or two hands, you can’t control where it will get to.

“There are even other clips that have not been released, I will send them to you to see how she was insulting the security and how she drove them away saying who are they protecting and calling them bloody idiots. Its all on the video clip. That was what happened.”

TheCable was unable to reach Suleiman Haruna, spokesman of the first lady, as he neither responded to calls nor replied a text message sent as of the time this report was filed. (The Cable)

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N500bn Social Investment Programme Woefully Failed In North – Aisha Buhari

Mrs Aisha Buhari

John Ameh

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has rubbished the N500bn Social Investment Programme of her husband’s administration, saying that it failed “woefully” in the North in particular.

Aisha, who hails from Adamawa State, said the situation in her home state, as far as the implementation was concerned, was pathetic.

She also cited Kano, a highly-populated northern state, as another example where she believed the programme failed, despite the huge funds the Federal Government budgeted for it.

The SIP is domiciled in the Office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, but its direct implementation is done by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Mrs Maryam Uwais.

Mrs Buhari bared her feelings on Saturday in Abuja during an interactive programme she organised for women at the Presidential Villa.

For instance, she disclosed that though Uwais informed her that 30,000 women would be beneficiaries in Adamawa State, four years had passed and there was no evidence that the SA kept her word.

The President’s wife spoke in detail, expressing her disappointment.

She went on, “Concerning the N500bn voted for SIP, that was part of 2015 campaigns where they promised to give out N10,000, feed pupils in primary schools and give N5,000 to the poorest of the poor.

“The SSA to the President on Social Investment is a lady from Kano and I am sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made. I have never asked how the money is being used or is being given out.  I met Barrister (one of the President’s aides on SIP) once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa), we should get 30,000 women to be given N10,000. Up till now, I haven’t heard from him.

“I don’t want to raise the alarm that my state does not benefit from it, where the SGF (Secretary to the Government of the Federation) came from, I kept quiet because I don’t want people to say that I talk too much. Recently, I saw a 74-year-old man selling petty things in Kano, I asked him how much is his capital, he told me between N3,000 and N4,000. Don’t forget that we have campaigned to give the poorest of the poor N5,000 every month.

“So, I don’t know where is the social investment… Maybe, it worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefited out of the 22. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know, but it failed woefully in Kano, it’s not a good sign and it’s not a good thing.

“We have a lot of women that do business locally due to the cultural thing in the North, they are at home doing their business. Some are millionaires, some have thousands of naira, they need the assistance but they do not get it. Most northern women do not belong to any market association.

“I was expecting the N500bn to be utilised in different methods in the North for the aim to be achieved. I don’t know the method they used, but most of the northern states do not get it. My state does not get it.

“How many of you (women in the hall) get it in your state? My state did not benefit from it.”

The women responded by saying that they got nothing in the past four years.

She argued that the method employed in implementing the programme in the North was faulty, a reason she believed it failed there.

“It worked out well in a situation whereby they have market associations but I was thinking different methods should be used in the North”, the President’s wife stated.

Amid applause from women in the hall, Mrs Buhari also criticised the  $16m counterpart fund said to have been used so far on procurement of mosquito nets.

She noted, “I have heard about mosquito nets, Nigeria paid its counterpart fund, $16m. I asked them to give my own share of the net to send it to my village people. I didn’t get it.

“They have spent $16m in buying mosquito nets, I did not get it, maybe some people have got it. But I feel that, that’s my personal opinion, $16m is enough to fumigate mosquitoes in Nigeria. That’s my opinion.”

However, she commended the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, for the initiative to include women in the inauguration programme of her husband for his second term on May 29.

She stated further, “I will also like to use the opportunity to thank the SGF for including women in the inaugural activities of Mr President; this is what is called next level. They didn’t allow us to participate in politics but now they have started giving us hope that we can be involved in certain things.”

On the anti-drug committee chaired by a former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Buba Marwa, the President’s wife recalled how she practically made herself a member to ensure that things went well.

She added, “I also managed to put myself as member of the committee and the wife of the Vice-President. The wife of the Vice-President (Dolapo Osinbajo) has worked very well; it took her one year to go round schools in Abuja because of the level of abuse. Many girls don’t go to school because they are afraid of being raped while returning from school or when their parents are away.

“You know most of their parents are farmers. The revelation is beyond comment. I asked her to publicise her discovery but she didn’t; if she had done so, it would have served as a lesson.

“Over N12bn has been released by the President  to take care of trauma cases across the country. Can you please monitor the money? The ministers are going very soon and the money is being released.”

On the 2019 polls, she called on the All Progressives Congress to refund the money female contestants spent to purchase nomination forms since the women ended up being marginalised. (Punch)

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Presidential Poll: I Am Confident Of Victory, Says Buhari |The Republican News

.Wins polling unit  … Solicits wife’s vote

Agaju Madugba, Daura

 

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday won his polling unit with a landslide. 

Buhari’s All Progressive Congress (APC) scored 523 votes while the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar got only three votes. 

However, the president’s party’s candidate for Katsina North senatorial district, incumbent Baba-Ahmad Kaita lost the unit to the candidate of Accord Party, Lawal Nalado. 

Mr Nalado scored 263 while Mr Kaita scored 248 votes.

The candidate of the major opposition party, the PDP, Usman Mani scored only two votes.

Meanwhile,  President Buhari has said he is confident of being reelected at the end of the presidential election.

He spoke on Saturday in Daura after casting his votes for the presidential and National Assembly polls.

The President, accompanied by his wife, Aisha, arrived the Sarkin Yara ward 003 unit at 8am, where the duo cast their votes.

Aisha was the first to cast her ballot and Buhari whispered to her, “vote APC.”

The President told Aisha just before she cast her ballots, “I know you are from Adamawa State (Atiku’s home state) but I want you to vote for me, vote APC.”

Speaking after voting,  Buhari said “I am confident of winning the presidential election. “

Asked if he will be willing to concede defeat if he loses and handover peacefully, Buhari said, “I am hopeful of emerging winner. I will congratulate myself because I am going to be the winner.”  (The Sun)

 

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Buhari Appoints Aisha, Dolapo, Others To Serve On Drug Abuse Committee |RN

                         Aisha Buhari and Dolapo Osinbajo
John Ameh, Abuja
 President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday appointed his wife, Aisha, and the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, to serve on the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse in the country.
The committee is chaired by a former Military Administrator of Lagos state, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.)
Giving his reason for appointing his wife and Dolapo, the President said both women had demonstrated commitment to eradicating drug abuse in the country.
He explained, “The appointment of the wives of the President and the Vice-President, as well as the chairpersons of the North and South Governors’ Wives Forums as members of this committee, is in recognition of their concerted efforts to the course of eradicating the menace of drug abuse from our society.
“Additionally, the participation of the first ladies is meant to spur further involvement of women and mothers in particular, in view of the significant role they play in parenting and care.
“It is therefore expected that governors’ wives across the federation will take the lead in replicating this intervention structure at the states and local government levels.’’
A Ministerial Steering Committee chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was also inaugurated on Monday by the President.
Speaking while inaugurating both committees at the Presidential Villa, Buhari acknowledged that drug abuse had grown to become a major public health problem in the country, requiring very urgent attention.
He noted that from being a transit nation five years ago, Nigeria had effectively become a user country today.
On the abuse of Codeine syrup, for example, he cited the alarming reports on abuses in states like Kano where up to 3million bottles were consumed every 24 hours.
He spoke more, “This is a situation of emergency and we must face and address it as such…
“Drug and alcohol abuse are also major occupational hazards among Nigerian workers, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to making Nigerian roads particularly dangerous.
“The drugs that are commonly abused include but not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, etc.
“Today marks the beginning of another milestone in correcting the root cause of some of the ills of today’s society in order to safeguard our common existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current generation and those yet on born.
“The role is specifically targeted at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse could cause on the very fabric of our society.’’
In his response, the SGF said drug abuse had become a national threat that all hands must be on the deck to combat immediately.  (Punch)
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APC Primaries: Aisha Buhari Slams Oshiomhole, Says Impunity Reigns Under Him

             Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari

• President wife’s brother loses Adamawa gov ticket

Olalekan Adetayo, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Peter Dada and Hindi Livinus

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Sunday, faulted the manner in which some of the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress were conducted.

She particularly took a swipe at the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who she accused of allowing impunity under his watch.

Mrs Buhari made her position known in a series of tweets she posted on her verified Twitter handle, @aishambuhari, on Sunday.

She regretted that Oshiomhole, despite his activism background, could allow such a conduct under his leadership.

She said the conduct negated the principle of change that the APC stood for.

The President’s wife, whose brother contested the governorship primary in Adamawa State and lost to the incumbent, however, did not mention the specific cases she was referring to.

She, however, called on Nigerians to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities.

Mrs Buhari said, “It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard-earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on election day. These forms were bought at exorbitant prices.

“Many others contested and yet had their result delayed, fully knowing that automatic tickets had been given to other people.

“The All Progressives Congress, being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/ activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under his watch.

“It is important for the populace to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities such as potable water, basic health care (Primary Health Care centres)

“Given this development, one will not hesitate than dissociate from such unfairness, be neutral and speak for the voiceless.

“Education within conducive and appropriate learning environments. Let us vote wisely! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

When contacted, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said he had not seen Aisha’s tweets and as such could not respond.

He said, “I have not seen it (tweets). I cannot react to something I have not seen.”

Though a screen grab of the tweet was sent to him, a response was still being awaited from him as of 5: 53 pm when this report was filed.

Governor Bundow of Adamawa State emerged the winner of the disputed governorship primary in the state.

Bindow polled 193,656 votes in the direct primary to defeat Mahmood Halilu, Aisha Buhari’s younger brother and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, who polled 15,498 and 7,705 votes respectively.

The results, declared by the chairman of the 25-member electoral panel, Jibrin Ahmed, came amidst controversy, following calls for the cancellation of the primary by Ribadu and Mahmood earlier on.

Both Ribadu and Mahmood, who stated their rejection of the outcome of the primary election, attributed their decision to the irregularities which they said marred the exercise.

Mahmood,  who addressed journalists on Saturday, dismissed the primary as a charade, saying “even if I am declared the winner,  my conscience will not allow me to accept it.”

He stated, “It is surprising that the guidelines were flouted with impunity to the extent that an electoral officer,  Mr Peter Nwadozie,  who supervised the exercise in the Mubi North Local Government Area,  announced the result of the election and declared one of the aspirants as the winner in camera.

“Even before the commencement of the exercise and arrival of materials, government officials were on social media posting outcome of the election that did not take place.

“I will not accept this result, even if it favours me because the whole process has been compromised.”

Primary: Ekiti senatorial aspirant demands cancellation

In Ekiti State, an APC senatorial aspirant for Ekiti North Senatorial District, Chief Kayode Otitoju, demanded cancellation of the results, if he would not be declared the winner.

Otitoju, who alleged that the primary was fraught with fraud and irregularities, urged the National Working Committee of the party to consider his demand in the interest of the party to avoid a legal action.

A former member of the Senate, Olubunmi Adetumbi, had been returned as the winner in the primary.

Adetumbi was said to have polled 21,763 in the direct primary conducted by the Dr Ibrahim Sule-led APC Senatorial Primary Committee in the state, on Friday.

Registering his protest at the APC Secretariat in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the former state’s Commissioner for Information claimed that no election was held in the five local governments that constituted the district.

He said, “There are two options left for the party under this circumstance; it is either they order a rerun of the primary by not recognising Senator Adetumbi or declare me the winner on personal recognition.”

We have no candidate yet in Ondo, say aspirants

Some House of Representatives and House of Assembly aspirants on the platform of the APC in Ondo State have called on the national leadership of the party to conduct a fresh primary for Akoko North-East/ Akoko North-West Federal Constituency of the state.

The aspirants, who are 13 in number, condemned the statement credited to the state chairman of the party, Mr Ade Adetimehin,  that a peaceful election was held in the federal constituency and the candidate had emerged, last week.

In a statement jointly signed by the aggrieved aspirants on Sunday, they demanded a fresh election for the real candidate of the party to emerge.  (Punch)

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Aisha Buhari’s ADC, Sani Baba-Inna Released From DSS Detention |RN

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has reportedly released the Aide De Camp (ADC) to Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha.

The First Lady had, last Friday, accused her ADC, Sani Baba-Inna of fraud.

Mrs Buhari said Mr Baba-Inna collected cash gifts totalling N2.5 billion from politicians and businesses over three years but kept it to himself. She asked the police to retrieve the money, and publicly asked persons who may have given money to Mr Baba-Inna to demand same from him.

However, police investigations, according to sources in the police, failed to trace such huge amount to the ADC.

Dissatisfied, Mrs Buhari reportedly asked the DSS to take over the case.

Spokesperson of the service, Peter Afunanya, who confirmed the arrest to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday said investigation was in progress.

Mr Baba-Inna’s elder brother, Farouq Baba-Inna, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday afternoon that he has been released.

“He has just been released and I am on my way to see him,” he said.

A call to Mr Afunanya was not answered and is yet to be returned as at press time.      (The Sun)

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Why I Criticised My Husband’s Government, Aisha Buhari Explains |RN

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                                   Aisha Buhari
  • says her action based on justice, not confrontation

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, has explained that her 2016 interview which was considered to be critical of her husband’s administration was based on her sense of justice.

She said the interview was not meant to be confrontational or a sign of disrespect.

Mrs Buhari made the clarification in a message she sent to the 2017 Vanguard Awards where she was honoured as Vanguard Personality of the Year 2017.

A copy of the message of the President’s wife who was represented at the event by one of her daughters, Halima, was made available to journalists on Sunday by her spokesman, Suleiman Haruna.

Mrs Buhari said she was brought up to stand by the truth and that was how she has been living her life.

She said Nigerians elected her husband based on the trust and confidence they have in him and she felt the administration must serve Nigeria to the best of its ability.

The President’s wife said, “I wish to thank the management of Vanguard Media Limited for this unexpected award, in recognition of my humanitarian efforts towards improving the health and welfare of Nigerians particularly women, children and less privileged.

“One of the reasons adduced for honouring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of.

“I need to state that my position as a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect. I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been.

“As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband; I, therefore, feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability.

“Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so.

“On this note, I hereby dedicate this award to the people of Nigeria, especially women. Thank you sincerely for this award.”

Mrs Buhari had in the 2016 interview with BBC warned her husband that she might not back him at the 2019 election unless he shakes up his government.

She has claimed that the President did not know most of the top officials he appointed.

She had said, “The President does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”

In the BBC interview, the Mrs Buhari refused to name those who had hijacked the government, saying, “You will know them if you watch television.”

On whether the President was in charge, she said, “That is left for the people to decide.”

Mrs Buhari had also said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election as of the time of the interview.

She had said, “He is yet to tell me but I have decided, as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”    (Punch)

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Vehicles: How IGP, Ibrahim Idris Exposed Aisha Buhari – Isa Misau |RN

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Isah Misau, Aisha Buhari, IGP Ibrahim Idris

I’m using my personal car, says First Lady

 Only security vehicles were deployed –Force Headquarters 

Twenty-four hours after he alleged that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, gave two SUVs to First Lady, Aisha Buhari, Senator Isah Hamma Misau, claimed, yesterday,  the IGP  was behind the leaked documents.

Misau told newsmen his comment on the SUVs stemmed from court documents filed in the charge against him, by the IGP  and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.

“The said documents, which form part of the proof of evidence to the charge, are correspondence between the IGP and the president, his Chief of Staff, Director, National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Aide-de-Camp to the wife of the president, and the Chief Personal Security Officer to the president.”

Misau accused the IGP of blackmailing the president’s wife and other high-ranking personalities by deliberately and unethically exposing their correspondences.

“It was, indeed, a shock to me as I am sure it is to other Nigerians, to see such private and confidential documents, with all the minutes of the president and other top government officials carelessly displayed in the public by the Inspector General of Police in manifest breach of official secrecy. The motive for displaying these documents is no doubt suspicious given that they have little or no bearing on the matter of inappropriate practices within the Police.  My submission before the Senate committee was simply to call the attention of members as well as the general public to how the IGP is unethically dropping names through filing of secret documents so as to rope these top ranking innocent personalities into the case.

Related: I Released Cars For Aisha Buhari’s Security, IGP, Ibrahim Replies Misau |RN

“The IGP was the one who submitted the official documents mentioning the names of respected personalities, not me. I believe I needed to make this clarification.”

But, the first lady has denied collecting any vehicle from the IGP. She denied the vehicle gifts at 11.00am, yesterday, via her twitter account, @aishambuhari, where she wrote: ‘’I am using my personal car.”

Thereafter, in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, the first lady insisted the vehicles she is still using “belongs to the family and were the ones used during the campaign for 2015 elections, including the one for her entourage.”

Misau had alleged during his appearance before the Senate Ad Hoc committee probing bribery allegations against the IGP, that he had “some contract papers that the IGP himself submitted to the court, where the first lady, through her Aide-de-Camp requested a Toyota Hiace and a Sienna jeep.

‘’The same day that the ADC wrote, the IG minuted that she should be given two jeeps. And, it is not part of the appropriation. If you look at the appropriation, there is nowhere they said the first lady should be given two jeeps’’ he declared.

Regardless,   the Nigeria Police Force has denied Misau’s allegations.

In a statement, yesterday, the police said Misau’s allegations were baseless and absolutely untrue and outright falsehood.

“The Nigeria Police Force categorically wishes to state that all the allegations made by Misau against the Inspector General of Police and the wife of the president, of buying two  jeeps for the president’s wife  as reported in some media are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith to misinform and mislead the public.

‘’It is pertinent to state that at no time did the wife of the President, Mrs Aishat Buhari requested directly or indirectly for vehicles for her use from the IGP and no vehicle, whether Jeep or SUV, has ever been given for her personal use.

“To set the record straight and disabuse the minds of the public most especially those who must have read the story, that the IGP is empowered by the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the Police Act and Regulations, precisely Section 215 (1)(a&b) and (2) ‘The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General Police“ and the deployment and control of the entire operations of the Force, including allocation of police vehicles for operational use throughout the country shall be under the purview of the IGP…”

The Police insisted “the IGP acted within his power  when, on January 17,  he approved two police vehicles; a Toyota Sienna bus, with registration No. NPF NPF 2406D and a Toyota Hiace bus, with reg. No. NPF 3363D to the ADC of  wife of the president, SP Sani M Baba-Inna for  operational reasons  and not to the person of the wife of the president or for her personal use, as alleged by Misau’. All the allegations made by Misau are baseless, untrue and done in bad faith.”

A copy of the document filed in court by the IGP and the  AGF, which was sighted, showed that the request for a Sienna vehicle and a Toyota Hiace Bus for the first lady was indeed addressed to Ibrahim Idris and signed by the ADC to the President’s wife, Sani Baba-Inna.

The request which was contained in a letter which was dated January 17, 2017 was officially approved the following day by the IGP in a handwritten minute approving the purchase of two jeeps.

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha has also denied the claims of the Bauchi Central Senatorial District lawmaker, Misau that she received two SUV from the IGP.   (The Sun)

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Aisha Joins Buhari In London

Fayose urges president to resign

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja and Olajiire Ishola

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, left Nigeria, yesterday, for the United Kingdom, 23 days after her husband left for further medical consultations.

In a one paragraph statement, accompanied by photographs of Aisha, arriving Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, her Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,  Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, said the First lady is off to spend sometime with her husband.

“Her Excellency will spend some time with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is presently on medical vacation.

“She expressed her appreciation to the millions of Nigerians who have been praying for his quick recovery and safe return.”

Buhari travelled for further medical consultations on May 7, 2017 while his wife has been busy with her pet project, Future Assured in the North East, with the focus on empowering women, the girl-child education and providing care for internally displaced persons in the North East.

The president left Nigeria on January 19, 2017, on medical vacation to London and returned after 49 days.

On his return, the president disclosed he had never been that sick to the point where he needed blood transfusion. Buhari also said he would go back abroad for further medical treatment, which he did 23 days ago.

This time around, the president said he would not entertain visitors as he recuperates.

Regardless, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged Buhari to resign if he truly loves the country, as ill-heath is not allowing him to effectively discharge his constitutional duties

Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Lagos, yesterday,  said being an avowed corruption fighter, Buhari has a moral burden to save Nigeria from needless stagnation arising from his heath challenges that have impacted negatively on his performance. The governor said fighting corruption is not limited to discovering large sums of money but doing the right thing at the right time and opined that taking a bow when necessary is an indication of being morally upright.

Fayose appraised Buhari’s administration in two years and said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government has failed to deliver on its promises.

“So far, the APC-led federal government has been a government of misadventure and Nigerians are worse for it. They say they are fighting corruption but are shielding corrupt elements within their fold.

“Members of the opposition defect to the APC for protection. He can do us the great help by resigning. Not resigning bothers on his integrity. His absence allows others to suppress and oppress others and that means he is allowing others to suppress their fellow human beings. There are many governments in one and they are clueless. We need an active president going by our numerous challenges. How long will Nigerians wait for an incapacitated president?

“We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom. I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari. Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state of his health,” the governor said.

On the performance of the economy, Fayose said it had gone from bad to worse and noted that the middle class has been wiped off.

“There is no middle class any more. Economic indicators are not cheery. They borrow money on daily basis and commit funds that ought to accrue to all tiers of government to servicing the loans,” he added.

On the much-touted rescue of Chibok girls from Boko Haram, Fayose reiterated that the whole set-up was blackmail against former President Goodluck Jonathan, and added that, one day, the true story will be revealed.

On insecurity, the governor said more people have been killed by insurgents and herdsmen than in any other period in Nigeria’s history of Nigeria.

He wondered why no Fulani herdsmen had been arrested and prosecuted despite their atrocities across the country.               (The Sun)

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