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Emulate Aisha Buhari’s humanitarian gesture, NYSC DG urges Nigerians

Nigeria may face worse security problems – Buhari’s wife, Aisha
Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Maj.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, has called on wealthy Nigerians and corporate bodies to emulate the humanitarian gesture of Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari.

Ibrahim made the call on Tuesday during the swearing-in of the 2022 Batch “A” Stream I corps members at the orientation camp in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

He lauded the donation of medical equipment by the first lady, saying that this had helped in easing the corps’ medical outreaches to rural areas.

“May I appeal for the support of all stakeholders for the success of our health initiative for rural dwellers, which is aimed at providing easier access to free and qualitative health care, especially for the indigent.

“I implore them to take a cue from the first lady by donating well-equipped ambulances for the operation of NYSC mobile clinics as well as other essential equipment and drugs.

” These will facilitate the conduct of our medical outreaches, thus boosting the provision of quality medical services to rural dwellers,” he said.

Represented by the state Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Namadi Abubakar, Ibrahim said that the orientation course was a platform for kick-starting various activities.

These activities, he said, would enable the corps members realise their potentials and attain individual feats, both within and beyond the period of service.

He, therefore, enjoined the corps members to avail themselves of the ‘once-in-a-life-time’ opportunity by participating actively in all the camp activities.

The director-general also appreciated the House of Representatives for the progress made so far in the legislative processes on the bill for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund.

“I also wish to thank Nigerians for the continuous show of support for the proposed trust fund, as overwhelmingly demonstrated during the public hearing conducted by the House Committee on Youth on the matter.

“I wish to once again appeal to the appropriate authorities to provide the necessary enablement for the actualisation of the fund.

“This will surely enhance the smooth operation of the scheme, especially by addressing the challenge of infrastructure and boosting our skills and entrepreneurship development programme aimed at empowering corps members for self-employment and wealth creation,” he added.

FELLOW PRESS reports that 1,700 corps members were deployed to the state for their one-year mandatory national youth service.

However, 1,500 of the corps members were sworn-in for the orientation course, owing to redeployment of some of them with one challenge or the other.

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KWASU to confer Honorary Degrees on Aisha Buhari, Chief of Staff


Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, says it will confer Honorary Degrees on the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, and the Chief of Staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, during the combined 8th and 9th convocation ceremony of the institution.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mustapha Akanbi, made the disclosure on Monday while briefing newsmen on the programme of activities for the combined convocation ceremony.

According to Prof. Akanbi, others to be honoured are KWASU Chancellor, Dr John Bamidele, Dr Muhammadu Indimi, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, Alhaji Kamoru Yusuf and Mr Babatunde Omotowa.

”These individuals are being honoured for their contributions to national development in their various endeavours.

”Mrs Buhari will be honoured with Doctor of Entrepreneurship, Prof. Gambari, Doctor of Letters, Dr Adewumi and Alhaji Yusuf with Doctor of Technology, Alhaji Rabiu, Doctor of Business and Mr Omotowa with a Doctor of Science degree.

”The honorary Degrees will be conferred on them during our convocation for Doctorates and Masters graduands on Saturday, Dec. 11,” the Vice Chancellor said.

He added that the school produced 98 First-Class graduates out of the 6,620 students that graduated in the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions.

Prof. Akanbi said 3,864 of the students were for the 2019/2020 session while 2,756 were for the 2020/2021 session.

”In addition, we are graduating 321 students for higher degrees in 2019/2020 session and 96 in the 2020/2021 session.

”Due to the prevailing situation with respect to COVID-19, all the ceremonies will be conducted in Hybrid Mode – virtual and physical.

”Therefore, only First-Class graduands, a few Second class Upper graduands and prize winners will be allowed into the University’s Mini Convocation Arena for the conferment of first degrees on Friday, Dec. 10.

”On Saturday, Dec. 11, all Doctorates and few Masters’ degree graduands will be allowed physical presence at the ceremony,” the Vice Chancellor said.

On academic growth of the institution, Prof. Akanbi said eight programmes earned full accreditation status in 2020 while nine programmes went through resource visitation by the National Universities Commission during the 2020/2021 session.

In terms of discipline, the Vice Chancellor said between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions, 87 students were expelled from the University.

”The students were involved in examination malpractice, drug-related offences, internet fraud, robbery, among other anti-social behaviours,” he said.

Prof. Akanbi, however, called on the state government to restore the institution’s subvention as all its activities have been funded through internally generated revenue.

”Our departments are run with fewer staff in spite of the expanding student population.

”The university has 39 academic departments and 53 programmes, so it is our hope that subvention is restored soon by the government and more academic staff recruited for departments to enable them grow.

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COVID-19 is a sign that God is not happy with us – Aisha Buhari

First Lady Aisha Buhari has stated that the COVID-19 pandemic is a sign that God is not happy with us.

Aisha Buhari said this on Friday, September 25, 2020, at the national mosque during a public lecture to mark Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary.

The First Lady who urged Nigerians to pray for peace, progress and sustainable development as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary, also appealed to Nigerians to keep supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to ensure better welfare, saying the president cannot do it alone.

She said; “The world is no longer the same as a result of the pandemic and the pandemic is a sign that almighty God is not happy with us.

“We need to pray for forgiveness. I think we have no choice than to continue asking for forgiveness from almighty Allah.

“The president cannot do it alone. He needs the support and cooperation of all Nigerians, including his appointees, to go in line with his change mantra.”

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Buhari’s wife Aisha and daughter Hanan allegedly escape plane crash

Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari and her daughter, Hanan have reportedly escaped a plane crash.

The private jet both women were travelling on was reported to have lost control while on its way to Nigeria from the UAE

The private jet with registration number GIV N52MK is said to belong to her in-law, Mohammed Indimi.

The jet reportedly lost complete control for 10 minutes while only one hour away from approaching the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

SaharaReporters, reports that the members of the first family needed medical treatment and examination on arrival.

The President’s wife is said to be in good health, however.

Recall that Aisha Buhari was reported to have been flown to Dubai for a neck pain treatment.

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COVID-19: Gunshots rock Presidential Villa as Aisha, Buhari’s aide clash

There were gunshots are the Presidential Villa Abuja when First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, members of her immediate family and her Aide-de-camp, Usman Shugaba attempted to force Sabiu Yusuf, a Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari into self-isolation, according to ThisDay.

The incident, which is regarded as a ‘security breach’ happened after the Yusuf returned from Lagos State where his wife just put the birth.

The newspaper reports that trouble started when the First Lady, Zahra, Halima and Yusuf, accompanied by some of her security aides led by the Aide-de-Camp, went to the residence of Sabiu, who is the President’s nephew, demanding that he (Sabiu) self-isolate for 14 days, so as not to endanger the first family.

Recall that the First Lady had in a series of tweets yesterday confirmed the incident.

On the issue of self-isolation and breaking of the interstate movement restrictions rules, Aisha had warned, “That COVID-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently,

“I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials.

“Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to under go a 14 days mandatory isolation no matter who the person is, no one should be above the law and the Police command will do well to remember that.”

Sabiu was said to have escaped after gunshots were fired by the First Lady’s ADC in an attempt to apprehend the President’s aide.

He ran to the nearby residence of President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, where he reportedly spent the night.

The attention of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was drawn to the incident on Friday that gunshots were fired in the precincts of the Presidential Villa

Hence, the IGP ordered the arrest of the Aide-de-camp to the First Lady and all the security aides that accompanied her to Sabiu’s residence.

In her tweets, the First Lady had called on the Inspector General of Police to release her aides, saying, “Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.”

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Aisha Buhari calls on IGP to release her aides detained by Buhari’s PA, Nigerians react

First lady, Aisha Buhari, is currently the number one trending topic on Nigerian Twitter after she took to the platform to ask the Mohammed Adamu, inspector general of police (IGP), to release her aides from detention.

According to SaharaReporters, Sabiu Yusuf, a nephew to President Buhari who also serves as one of his Personal Assistant, had traveled from Lagos to Abuja on Monday, June 8 and drove straight to the villa where he resides but he was denied access by the aides of the first lady who insisted he goes into self-isolation at a different location since he was returning from Lagos which is the epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Yusuf allegedly refused and got the police to arrest the aides of the first lady.

Mrs. Buhari took to Twitter last night to ask the IG to release her aides. In her tweets, the first lady said those who travel during the COVID-19 interstate restrictions are meant to undergo 14-day mandatory isolation period as prescribed by the quarantine act. She added that no one is above the law.

“That Covid-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant Government Agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr. President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials,” she said.

Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to under go a 14 days mandatory isolation no matter who the person is, no one should be above the law and the Police command will do well to remember that.

Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned Staff who are still in the custody of the Police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to Covid-19 while in their custody.” she tweeted

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Why will I be afraid of General Buhari who does not have WAEC, not respected by his wife — Reno Omokri

Reno Omokri, the former aide to then President Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to querry why he was not afraid of President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired military general and keep hailing insults on him.

Omokri, who often refered to the president by his General military rank, said on his Facebook page that he would not be scared of someone without WAEC result, adding that president’s wife, Aisha Buhari attested that President Buhari was not in charge.

His words, “Someone asked if I am not afraid of General Buhari? Who is Buhari that I should be afraid of the inept ruler? Is he God? Other than plotting coup what has the fellow succeeded in in his life? Does he have WAEC? If not for quota system, would he be a general? His own cows he cannot manage and one over ambitious Bola Tinubu forced him on us because he thinks Buhari would hand over to him. Does Buhari’s own wife, who knows him best, respect him? Has she not said he is not in charge of his government? Fear my foot!”

Reno Omokri is a best-seller writer, social commentator and an ardent critic of President Buhari government. He has also being campaigning for freedom of Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, who was abducted by the insurgents.

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How Aisha Buhari reacts at news of Abba Kyari’s death

Aisha Buhari, Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has broken her silence on the death of Abba Kyari.

The late Chief of Staff to Buhari was confirmed dead early hour of Saturday.

His death has generated reactions and condolences from opposition parties and supporters in Nigeria.

Aisha on her verified Instagram page offered her condolences to Kyari and others who have died from Coronavirus.

She wished that Allah forgives Kyari of his shortcomings even as she prayed for an end to COVID-19 pandemic.

Her post reads: “From God Almighty, we came and to Him we shall return.

“I condole with Mrs. Kulu Abba Kyari and the entire family of Late Malam Abba Kyari over the death of their husband and father.

“I pray that Allah (SWT) will forgive his shortcomings, grant him Al-Jannatul Firdausi and give the family the fortitude and patience to bear the loss, Ameen.

“While wishing all those infected a speedy recovery, I pray for an end to COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Kyari has since been buried at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

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President Buhari and Aisha’s daughter self-isolates over coronavirus upon return from UK

One of President Buhari’s daughters has gone into self-isolation after returning from the UK, which is one of the high risk countries with coronavirus.

First Lady Aisha Buhari made the announcement via her Twitter handle. She revealed that her daughter went into self-isolation based on the advice of the Minister of Health Osagie Ehanire, the Presidential Task force on COVID – 19 and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC).

Aisha who commended some northern Governors over some action they took to curb the spread of the virus, disclosed that she has also shut down her office for two weeks.

She tweeted;

Good afternoon Nigerians, Earlier today my daughter returned from the UK being among the high Burden listed countries of COVID-19.

Based on the advice of the Hon. Minister Of Health , Presidential Task force on COVID – 19 and that of NCDC, She is on Self Isolation, not because she displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 .

Please I urge all parents to do the same if possible as prevention is better than cure . Similarly, I have shut down my office for two weeks with immediate effect while essential staff can work from home as a result of some Staff who recently returned from the UK .

I commend the North Western Governors including Niger and Kwara on preventive measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 at their security meeting yesterday in Kaduna.

Let’s keep following the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, which encourages maintaining social distancing, high hygiene culture through regular washing of hands with soaps and sanitizers

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Nigeria may face worse security problems – Aisha Buhari

Nigeria may face worse security problems – Buhari’s wife, Aisha

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Monday, warned that Nigeria may face worse security problems.

She, therefore, called for synergy among all security agencies.

Aisha urged them to re-strategize and re-examine the security structure with a view to stem the rising cases of terrorism in Nigeria.

She made the call at an international conference on state and security held at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna.

Aisha Buhari urged government to look into the welfare of security personnel.

“Security in Nigeria remains the biggest challenge, it is high time to explore new strategies and approaches.

“If care is not taken, we will be expecting the worse of the security problems we are facing in Nigeria,” NAN quoted her as saying.

The First Lady appealed to Nigerians to remain vigilant and provide relevant information to security agencies to avert any potential threat.

“All criminals are members of our society and they live in our midst, parents have the responsibility of ensuring that we take exceptional interest in the development of our children”, Aisha said.

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Aisha Buhari receives Patient Jonathan in Aso Rock (photos)

Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Monday visits the current First Lady, Aisha Buhari, in Aso Rock, Abuja.

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Aisha Buhari attacks Garba Shehu for hijacking her interview with NTA

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, says the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, now takes orders from Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mamman Daura.

In a statement she personally signed on Wednesday, Mrs Buhari said it was Daura that ordered Shehu to issue a statement to say that the office of the first lady had been scrapped.

Mrs Buhari said this in her latest statement against Shehu and others was caused by an order by the cabal to presidential aides.

The cabal, it was learnt, directed the aides to stop the Nigerian Television Authority from airing an interview she granted journalists on her return to the country in October.

Aisha, in the statement she issued very early on Wednesday, said, “I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu, who claimed that the government would not allow office of the first lady to run. He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President. This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realise the fact that the first lady’s office is a tradition which has become an institution.”

Mrs Buhari said when she returned from her long visit to Europe, she granted an interview to the NTA at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, where she revealed that it was Daura’s daughter, Fatima, that leaked a video showing her protesting the excesses of the Daura family.

She alleged that rather than do his job and clear the air, Shehu ensured that her media aides and some members of staff of the NTA were suspended because of the interview.

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Aisha Buhari calls for action on Dakolo’s rape allegation against Fatoyinbo

 

Aisha Buhari has shared a post regarding Dakolo’s rape allegation against Fatoyinbo and called for action.

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has called for action in the alleged case of rape against founder and senior pastor of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Busola Dakolo, a celebrity photographer, alleged two weeks ago that Fatoyinbo raped her twice in one week when she was a teenager fresh out of secondary school.

The allegation spurred scores of protesters to show up with placards at COZA’s headquarters in Abuja and its Lagos branch on Sunday, June 30, 2019 demanding that pastor step down and face a criminal probe.

Fatoyinbo, who had dismissed the allegation as falsehood, announced the next day that he’ll be taking a leave of absence from the pulpit.

With calls still strong for him to be prosecuted in court, Aisha Buhari has added her voice with a video post on her Twitter account (@aishambuhari) on Wednesday, July 10.

In the video shared by the first lady, correspondents of Your View, a programme on TVC, discuss channeling the outrage over the allegations to the right authorities”.”

In her caption for the video, expressed in hashtags, Aisha called on the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) to act.

“#IGofPolice #EveryoneGetInvolved #SayNoToRape,” she posted.

Dakolo’s explosive interview paved the way for several other claims that were posted on social media alleging that Fatoyinbo, a married man, had groomed a lot of women he’s had sex with, including teenagers.

Another former member of his church revealed last week that the pastor raped her during a meeting between the two in 2017.

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Why I adopt First Lady title– Aisha Buhari

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari on Thursday announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

She said this would take effect immediately in order to also resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states.

The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.

“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I choose to be called the first lady,” she said.

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Only few poor benefit from 500bn SIP– Aisha Buhari

Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, has urged the National Social Investment Programme to support poor people in Katsina State including those devastated by banditry, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Mrs Buhari who was in Batsari, Katsina State, on Saturday to distribute relief materials to victims of banditry, said although N500bn was released by the Federal Government to assist vulnerable Nigerians, only a few had benefited.

NAN reports that when she asked the IDPs if any of them had received the N10,000 assistance from the programme, the response was negative.

Mrs Buhari said, “The National Social Investment Programme should go to Katsina State and give them their assistance.

“These people gave over one million votes during the general elections, they really need the assistance and they deserve to be given.”

She also urged the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the internally displaced persons in the state.

The Transition Committee Chairman, Batsari Local Government, Alhaji Mannir Muazu, said over 18,000 people were displaced by bandits in the area.

He said 13,000 of the victims were children while the remaining 4,000 were women from 28 communities across the area.

Some of the IDPs commended Mrs Buhari for the gesture.

A female victim, Fatima Kasai, said bandits dislodged them from their community, took away their food and valuables, killed the majority of their husbands and raped some of the women

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Aisha Buhari placed on bed rest over son’s accident

Aisha Buahri

Aisha Buahri, the Wife of the President and mother of the injured Yusuf, on Thursday has been placed on bed rest at Cedacrest Hospital, Abuja, following the uncertainty surrounding her son’s health, Daily Post reported.

Yusuf Buhari was fatally injured alongside friend, Bashir Gwandu, after both of the had accident while racing their power bikes on Tuesday night. The friends were reported to have collide in what seems like attempt to overtake one another.

Cedacrest, a private hospital, was where Yusuf and his friend were rushed to, and Aisha too have been place on bed rest, perhaps following the anxiety about his son recovery.

Yusuf (far right) and Bashir (center)

Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Peoples Democratic Party, Governor Ayodele Fayose and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have all sent their get-well-messages to the President.

Apart from message Daily Post reported that many top government officials have visited the hospital to wish the boy quick recovery “Ministers, Governors, EFCC chairman among many others were at Cedacrest today”, the online outfit said about its source.

“Yusuf is not in good shape. His condition has taken serious toll on his mother, Aisha.

“I can confirm to you that she was still on bed rest as at this evening”, he said.

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How IGP exposed Mrs. Buhari to blackmail her— Misau

The Buachi Centra Senator, Isah Hamma Misau, has said that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was the mastermind behind the leaked documents which exposed the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari in the acquisition of new 2 jeeps.

Misau, Buhari and Idris

The Senator said, “the said documents which form part of the proof of evidence to the charge are correspondence between the Inspector General of Police and the following: the President and C-in-C of the Federation; The Chief of Staff to the President; the Director, National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies; the ADC to the Wife of. The President; and the Chief Personal Security Officer to the President.”

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

His statement further reads, ”it was indeed a shock to me, as 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 Ad hoc 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.

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

A copy of the document filed in court by the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General of the Federation, which was made available to Journalists 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, SP Sani Baba-Inna.

The request which was contained in 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

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Aisha Buhari denies taking vehicle from IGP

Mrs. Aisha Buhari has denied allegation by Senator Isa Hamma Misau that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, bought two Prado SUVs for her personal use based on her request.

According to Director of Information to the wife of the President, Suleiman Haruna, the vehicle, which were Sienna Bus and Toyota Hiace, not Prado SUVs as purported by Misau, were released to First Lady’s Police Escort personnal based on request of her Aide-de-Camp.

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The Director of stressed that Mrs. Buhari was not given any new vehicle, in fact the vehicle she is using now is what she has been using since 2015 campaign.

Haruna in a statement said, “Our attention has been drawn to the news being widely circulated, and attributed to a member of the Senate that two SUVs from the Inspector General of Police were given to wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, personally.

“The wife of the President wants to make it clear that since the assumption of office of her husband as President of Nigeria, she did not receive these mentioned vehicles.

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“Furthermore, the vehicles she is still using belong to the family and were the ones used during the campaign for 2015 elections, including the one for her entourage.”

Denying the allegation, Mrs. Buhari in a tweet said, “I am still using my personal cars.’’

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Aisha Buhari lambasts Aro Rock clinic over poor facilities

Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president yesterday came hard on the management of the Aso Rock clinic over alleged poor services, asking the authorities to give account of the huge budgetary allocation to the hospital.
The development came as the presidency announced plans to commercialise the State House Medical Centre (SHMC) for better health delivery system amidst mounting allegations of misappropriation and withholding of funds meant for medical supplies.

The centre currently offers free medical services to patients. It provides medical services to the president, vice president and their families, aides, members of staff of the State House and other entitled public servants. It is also a training facility for house officers and other medical personnel.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr. Jalal Arabi, last week said the decision of the management to seek the commercialisation of the centre, among others, was to boost its revenue and augment the appropriation it receives from the government in the quest for better services.

But the wife of the President who berated the Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr. Hussain Munir, yesterday expressed disappointment over poor services in the hospital despite huge allocations by government over the years.

Mrs. Buhari also took a swipe at the managers of the clinic, insisting that there is the need for them to tell Nigerians how the N3.89billion budget for the clinic last year was expended before it was reduced to N331.7millon this year.

“If the budget is N100million, we need to know ‎how the budget is spent,” she said at the opening of a stakeholders meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) organised by her pet project, Future Assured.

At the event attended by wives of the governors of the 36 states, development partners, primary health care coordinators, among others, Mrs. Buhari lamented: ‎”You are all aware for the last six months, Nigeria wasn’t stable because of my husband’s ill health, we thank God he is fully recovered now.

“If somebody like Mr. President can spend several months outside Nigeria, then you wonder what will happen to a common man on the street in Nigeria.

“A few weeks ago, I was sick as well, they advised me to take the first flight out to London. I refused to go. I said I must be treated in Nigeria because there is a budget for an assigned clinic to take care of us.

“If the budget is N100 million, we need to know how it is spent. Along the line, I insisted they call Aso Clinic to find out if the x-ray machine was working. They said it was not working. They didn’t know I am the one that was supposed to be in that hospital at that very time.

“I had to go to a hospital that was established by foreigners in and out 100 per cent. What does that mean?

“So, I think it is high time for us to do the right thing. If something like this can happen to me, no need for me to ask the governors’ wives what is happening in their states.

“This is Abuja and this is the highest seat of government, and this is the Presidential Villa. One of the speakers has already said we have very good policies in Nigeria. In fact, we have the best policies in Africa but the implementation has been the problem. So, we need to change our mindset and do the right thing.”

President Buhari’s daughter, Zahra, also recently took to her Instagram handle @mrs zmbi, on Saturday, where she raised concerns over the poor state of the hospital despite the allocation in the 2017 budget.

She specifically called out the permanent secretary in the State House, Arabi to provide answers as to why simple drugs as paracetamol, and consummables as syringes and gloves were not available, leaving patients and staff to individually source those items.

Using the hashtag#statehousepermsecplsanswer, she asked: “Why isn’t there simple paracetamol, gloves, syringes, why do the patients/staff have to buy what they need in state house clinic?

“More than N3 billion budgeted for state house clinic and the workers there don’t have equipment to work with? Why?

“Where is the money going to? Medication only stocked once since the beginning of the year? Why?”

While clearly avoiding responding to the president’s daughter, the permanent secretary said the management would, among other things, seek the commercialisation of the centre .

“It is the only health centre in Abuja where patients are not required to pay any dime before consultation. In other government hospitals in Abuja, patients are required to pay for consultation, treatment, laboratory tests and others but that has not been the case with the State House Medical Centre.

“The centre offers free services, nobody pays a kobo for hospital card, consultations or prescriptions and this has taken a toll on the subvention the centre receives from the government.”

The permanent secretary further explained that “We have some of the best equipment in the country. For instance, to maintain the MRI and other scan machines, we spend close to N2 million monthly. Yet we do not charge a dime for those who require MRI scans in the clinic,” he said.

Arabi said the proposed reforms would ensure that those eligible to use the centre are National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)-complaint with their Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) or primary health provider domiciled in the clinic.

“This is another way through which we can boost revenue generation at the hospital and this has started yielding results because the stark reality is there is no free lunch anywhere,” he said.

Arabi dismissed allegations of misappropriation and withholding of funds meant for medical supplies at the centre.

In the 2016 budget, the State House Medical Centre got N3.219 billion which was for the completion of ongoing work as well as procurement of drugs and other medical equipment.

In the 2017 budget, the sum was reduced drastically from N3.89 billion to N331.7 million.

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Sahara Reporters released leaked audio claiming Buhari’s cousin Mamman Daura called Aisha Buhari ‘suicide bomber from Yola’ while discussing Buhari’s health

Online news medium, SaharaReporters said it has received exclusive audio of a conversation between Mamman Daura, a cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari and one of his closest supporter, with Mamman Tukur a member of his cabal, during which Daura refers to the president’s wife as “suicide bomber from Yola.”

The online news also said the conversation took place during the president’s medical vacation in London, and the two men are overheard discussing their worries about his health condition during his treatment.  And shares their concerns about the wife of President Buhari, Aisha whom they referred to as “Suicide Bomber” from Yola.

According to Sahara Reporters, the men also discussed the issue of the suspended Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Olusola Oke, who was alleged to have bribed people to speak up for him following the discovery last April that he was warehousing funds in a Lagos apartment.  According to Mamman Daura, the suspended DG even bribed Senate President Bukola Saraki to speak on his behalf.

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The explosive conversation exposes the inner workings of President Buhari’s feelings, during his treatment, towards a number people, including his wife as they jostle for power and worry about his health.

The following is the text of the conversation:

Mahmud Tukur : salaam alaikum.
Mamman Daura: 
alaikum salaam. Senior Mahmud
MT: You did not answer my calls. I have called severally.
MD: I am surprised COS I only saw one Missed call from you just now. I went to pray (Alwala) then I saw one call.
O dear ! That’s why I am replying.
MT: that’s it.  I am trying to …
MT Okay. Yaya
gaijia? Hope you are not too tired
MD: Al
amdullahi
MT : okay. How is that place/ person?
MD: There. That person. Well. It’s well.  He is getting better.
MT: you said okay as if you are not sure …
Laugher interrupts

MD: laughs in a very funny albeit sarcastic manner
MT: You said okay as if the getting well is not strong enough or fast enough or what isit ? 
MD : Yes. Not 100 per cent. Not as you or I would like but of course …
interruption 

MT: hope he is meeting up with his treatment. 
MD : it is encouraging
MT: okay. Very well. Thank God. please greet him for me very well.  

MD : so I wish tomorrow I will arrive by Allahs grace. (Nufaa)
MT:  okay that’s nice.  (expresses surprise). Is the wedding day
close ?
MD: yes it’s close. Slowly slowly the time is close. It’s like time is on a fast track. Our time is almost up. We are close to rounding up.
MT: (mumbles and concurs in the background). Every morning I say a prayer.
MD : Hmm.  Hmm. Allah help us. ( Allah a ji kam mu). Wa lahi.   Walahi.
MT: Hmm. This thing. Is there any improvement from suicide bomber from Yola?
MD: Succc? ( Hesitates. Not sure who is being referred to at first.) 

MT : Sucide Bomber. you know that’s the way that person is being referred to … ( interruption)
MD: It’s worse. A hundred times worse than what you know.
MT: Allah.
MD: Walahi.  

MT : or will Baba talk to the suicide bomber again? Or there is no need?
MD: There is no need.  No benefit because the person does not listen to anyone.
MT: This is the problem.
MD: the person does not listen to anyone. What Sani Zango did ( talking to the person ) and he just passed away. Then
baba also tried. But then it turned out the same thing.
MT: the man is very patient (meaning PMB). There is virtually nothing you can do again at this point. ( repeats it again). 

MD : yes. (Concurs). There’s not much that can be done. It’s an absolute… something ( trails off ). It’s like a fixed breakfast. There is nothing that can be done. You can’t stay. You can’t go. That’s it. 
MT : I see.  Walahi…
MD:
yes. it’s tragic 
MT : that’s why … said it’s a luxury breakfast.
( MD. Laughs heartily in response)
MT: repeats the same thing.
MD: This is more
that a luxury breakfast. It’s an absolute fixed breakfast. This one. 
MT : Allah a kawo … trails off as MD cuts in
MD: let’s keep
pleading / praying to Allah.  2ce Just that.  
MT : Now. They said it’s some or his  people that have been talking
MD: Well. It just bounces off. It just bounces off.
MT: perhaps it’s best to find out about the people involved like the accounts staff and others. Let’s do this and neutralize him. Perhaps. (Ref NIA DG)
MD: Well. There are many people bringing or providing many “information”.  ( Lekanoni)  We are doing that.
MT: Also you can talk to
baba to come out with this project. The project on …
MD: okay. Okay.
MT: me I thought about it. And concluded that it’s best you speak to him about it.
MD: don’t worry. I will speak to him about it. You know he is very fed up with this NIA thing. The way that man this man messed up / scattered things.
MT: Did
baba brief you ?
MD: Yes. We spoke with him. We tried to do damage limitation but it hasn’t worked  I am sorry to say.
MT: before or after the
event ?
MD: No. before the event.
MT:
oh ! That could have been something…
MD: because ai baba Kamar …. because it’s gravely damaging to the security agencies.
MT: that’s it.
MD: very grave damage.
MT: you know there is the issue of that youth. He is in
abuja.  
MD : Well. This exceeds their power …
MT: what I am saying is that if you want
inside something (Infor) he is in Abuja. You may call him.
MD: okay. Okay.
MT: Because they know. They know. Someone told me that the guy gives money out to a lot of people. All spheres. That’s one thing that frightens me. And that’s why he has been able to find people to defend him. You see for instance Saraki has come out to speak for him. But I think if you have time. Ask that he be called to come see you. Let him tell you things. You can ask him anything. Also wider things. That is why I tried to have Mallam Abbah… But let me ask. How many are working for
you  in terms of ground work of things. How many people have you got ?
MD: Nil
MT: better to find some people to do that. Some working in places because
like in this case you get a verse insight. This is what I am saying. Have them call him for you. And then ask him what is going on… if one is lucky. Even if one is not lucky. Talk to him. 
MD : okay.
MT: He has been working there for a long time. Plus. He is very bright. So.
It think.Also He will be reliable. From what I know of him. Like I told you. He is the one I rely upon to get me information. For a long time now.
MD: So. He is rarely experienced then. 

MT ; yes. During my time at New Nigerian, I ask him to do research. He got me information on different people. Within 2 to 3 days he will bring me the information I need.
MD: Yes. Allah is king. ( Allah Sarki) 

MT : I need to tell you this.
MD: I will try to get hold of him.
MT: ‘Cos no need to rely on third or second something. But this one
is  first party. So if possible. Call him. He is someone I trust.
MD
:okay.
MT: but I am rarely worried about that person In the house. I just don’t know what to do. 

MD : Walahi. Senior Mahmud. We are at our wits end.  We are at our Wits end.  Just not to scare you further or worry you further. A few days ago. At the dinningtable. This thing, the sucide bomber we are talking about went and stood there subsequently the man refused to eat. 
MT : why will the sucide bomber to and stand there ? 
MD : because some of the things he can’t eat. They will take it and go and hide them.
MT: I see.  Villa …. 

MD : they keep narrating to third parties. That this cat will not last. I think you heard enough. Until I return. God sparing  our lives. Until I return.  Next week.
But the thing is beyond our hand.  We are watching. Walahi. It’s beyond our hand.
MT:  okay. Until you return.
MD 🙁 laughs at something MT said). Thank God  My only consolation is that if we are praying to Allah and in good faith. Then things will work out. But if contrary that’s the way Allah wants it. That is the way it’s going to be.
MT: okay.
MD:
until  we speak again.
MT: okay. Ma
salaam.
Clicks. Phone call ends. 

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Buhari returns to Abuja with wife Aish Buhari after Sallah [PHOTOS]

President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife Aisha, on Wednesday returned to Abuja after short vacation for Eid-el-Kabir celebration which afforded him the opportunity to visit his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

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Photo credit: Babafemi Oretuyi

The Presidential helicopter with registration no. NAF-540 carrying immediate members of the president’s family, Garba Shehu and other protocol unit of the villa left the Daura helipad for Abuja at 10.24 a.m.

 

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Aisha Buhari hints on husband’s recovery, says God has answered the prayers…talks tough, HYENAS & JACKALS’ll be ejected from kingdom

 

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Wife of the President, Aisha, on Monday gave an indication that God had answered Nigerians’ prayers for the quick recovery of her ailing husband, Muhammadu Buhari.

She also hinted that “the hyenas” and “the jackals” would soon be ejected from the kingdom.

Mrs. Buhari, who is currently in the British capital with her husband, gave the indication on her Facebook page while responding to an earlier post made by the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani.

Sani had earlier posted a message in which he was making veiled reference to the alleged power play in the government circle in Buhari’s absence.

The federal lawmaker had claimed that while “weaker animals” were praying for the return of “Lion King,” those he called “the hyenas” and “the jackals” were scheming based on the assumption that the “Lion King” would never return.

The senator wrote, “Prayer for the absent Lion King has waned. Until he’s back, then they will fall over each other to be on the front row of the palace temple.

“Now, the hyenas and the jackals are scheming and talking to each other in whispers; still doubting whether the Lion King will be back or not.

“Now, the Lion King is asleep and no other dares to confirm if he will wake up or not.

“It is the wish of the hyenas that the Lion King never wake up or come back so that they can be kings.

“It is the prayers of the weaker animals that the Lion King comes back to save the kingdom from the hyenas, the wolves and other predators.”

But Buhari’s wife said the prayers of the “weaker animals” had been answered while “the hyenas” and “the jackals” would soon be evicted from “the kingdom.”

She wrote, “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom. We strongly believe in the prayers and support of the weaker animals. Long live the weaker animals, long live Nigeria.”

In another Facebook post on Monday night, Sani, in a veiled reference to Aisha Buhari, commended the “Lioness” for her courage, strength, tenacity and resilience.

He also referred to a tiger that was acting for the lion, in a veiled reference to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is the Acting President.

He however noted that the lion would always remain the lion and king of the kingdom.

Speaking to The PUNCH, the Kaduna Central senator explained the metaphors.

He said, “The Lion is Buhari and the cabals are those I categorised as hyenas, wolves and jackals. She (Aisha) is the lioness. When I said ‘temple of kingdom’, I meant the Aso Rock mosque, where the jackals and the wolves usually stay at the front row. Osinbajo is the tiger, who is standing in for the President in his absence.

“In my second post, I said ‘the crocodiles are giving a quit notice to the fishes to leave the river.’ The crocodiles are the Arewa youths and the fishes are the Igbo in the North.

“When I said ‘the pythons were monopolising the forest’, I was making reference to the Biafra agitators, who are threatening secession. And those who are angling for restructuring are the ones I categorised as cheetahs, leopards, cougars, pumas and jaguars.”

The senator also agreed with the President’s wife in a post, insinuating that some persons in the Presidency or close to it would be sacked after Buhari’s return.

He stated, “I am telling you that what she is implying is that the President, when he is back, is most likely to throw away some people out of his government. For her to say that when the lion is back, he is going to throw away the wolves and hyenas, it means that there is a likelihood of these cabals being thrown out of the government. She is giving a hint, using my categorisations.”

When asked what he meant by the hyenas and the jackals “scheming and talking to each other in whispers” in Buhari’s absence, Sani responded, “I was talking about the political, underground machinations going on against the President.”

He added, “I made the reference that the lion is sleeping and they don’t know whether he is sleeping or he has passed out. It is about the intrigues of the power play that is going on among the political elite.”

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Why Buhari was not invited to Trump’s inauguration – Presidency

 

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The presidency has reacted to calls from the public regarding the president, Muhammadu Buhari’s non-invitation to the United States president-elect, Donald J. Trump’s inauguration.

Recall that the former president, Goodluck Jonathan had been invited for the event which has created much controversy leading up to it.

Deji Adeyanju took to his social media page to call out the presidency noting the fact that the former president was invited while the incumbent president was not and in reaction, Garba Shehu, replied:

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Buhari mounts pressure on BBC not to air full interview with Aisha

aisha-buhari-victory-620x400President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet are mounting pressure on BBC Hausa Service not to broadcast the full interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari.

The interview is due for broadcast on Saturday.

Buhari has, however, told his wife, who is currently in London, to stop granting further interviews to the media, SaharaReporters has said.

Aisha Buhari lamented that her husband was surrounded by opportunists.

She noted that those who really worked for his victory in the 2015 election had been sidelined by those that didn’t participate.

“This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered, but are no where today.

“Those who didn’t do anything, who don’t even have voters’ cards are the ones in position, doing everything,” Aisha said.

It was gathered that neither the president’s nephew, Mamman Daura or his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari voted for Buhari in the last election as they neither possed a voter’s card nor‎ were they card-carrying members of the ruling All Progressives Congress., APC.

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Photo: Aisha Buhari with Michelle Obama at her Broadway event in Newyork

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Mrs Aisha Buhari joined Michelle Obama for her Broadway event to help push for girl education around the world .

The US first lady hosted a concert for spouses of global heads of states.

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First Lady Aisha Buhari spotted wearing this diamonds encrusted wristwatch worth N8.1m

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha Buhari has been spotted wearing a Chopard Happy Sport 36 MM stainless steel diamonds encrusted watch worth £15,000. When converted to Nigerian Naira at the current exchange rate, the wristwatch is worth N8, 175,000!

See it zoomed below:

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Aisha Buhari’s embarrassing grammatical infelicities at USIP

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I am aware that this article won’t endear me to several of my thin-skinned Buhari/APC partisan readers who, interestingly, wildly acclaimed my past articles that pilloried former First Lady Patience Jonathan’s sidesplitting grammatical transgressions.  But I am never one to shy away from embarking on what I’m convinced is a just and fair undertaking because of a fear of backlash from mawkish, hypersensitive crybabies.

In any case, in my Saturday column—and in my Facebook status updates—I have defended Wife of the President Aisha Buhari against Gov. Ayo Fayose’s brash and reckless calumny against her. In an ironic twist, it was her bid to give the lie to Fayose’s charge that she couldn’t visit the US without being arrested that caused her to come here and give a speech at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) that is the subject of this column.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari’s speech at the United States Institute of Peace didn’t rise to the level of former First Lady Patience Jonathan’s legendary contortion of English grammar, but it was inexcusably egregious nonetheless, not least because it was supposed to be the product of preparation and forethought.

In general, the speech was riotously incoherent, lacked lexical and semantic discipline, and was peppered with avoidably ugly and elementary grammatical infractions.  Mrs. Buhari vacillated between reading from a prepared script and speaking off the cuff.  But the prepared speech and Mrs. Buhari’s extemporizations were indistinguishable: both were tortured, infantile, error-ridden, and cringe-worthy.  Winston Churchill’s famous putdown of his opponent—”He spoke without a note and almost without a point.”—seems to apply to the Wife of the President. (Watch the video below.)

Below are highlights of the infelicities that stood out like a sore thump during Mrs. Buhari’s 10-minute speech at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC:

1. Subject-verb agreement. Like Patience Jonathan—and former President Goodluck Jonathan—Aisha Buhari doesn’t seem to have any respect for subject-verb concord rules in English grammar. These howlers illustrate this: “I want to…thank the international community for giving us a solutions…,” “those that needs to be…,” “the school have been running…,” “adult ones that needs the opportunity.”

Most people know that a singular subject (such as “the school”) agrees with a singular verb (such as “has”) and a plural subject (such as “those,” “adult ones”) agrees with aplural verb (such as “need” instead of “needs.”) That means the Wife of the President should have said, “those that need to be,” “the school has been running,” “adult ones that need the opportunity.”

Of course, “a solutions” is a self-evident bloomer: you don’t pluralize a noun that is preceded by the indefinite article “a” because “a” signals nominal singularity. In other words, “a solutions” is both ungrammatical and illogical since it implies nominal plurality and singularity simultaneously. It is either “solutions” or “a solution.”

2. Redundant pronoun. Pronouns typically take the place of a noun and save us the torment of ungainly repetition. That’s why, in Standard English, pronouns don’t typically appear in the same sentence as the nouns they refer to. In her USIP speech, Mrs. Buhari said the following: “As you are all aware, Boko Haram issue, it is a global issue attached to terrorism, which need [sic] to be addressed globally.”

“Boko Haram issue” is the antecedent for the pronoun “it” in the sentence quoted above, which makes the pronoun superfluous since it appears in the same sentence as its antecedent. “Boko Haram is a global issue…” would convey the same meaning—and without the ungrammatical baggage. I admit, though, that redundant pronouns of the kind I identified in Mrs. Buhari’s speech occur in nonstandard native English dialects. But we are talking of an official speech in a formal context in a foreign, English-speaking country.

The sentence also violates the basic principle of pronoun-antecedent agreement. The principle says, “A pronoun usually refers to something earlier in the text (its antecedent) and must agree in number — singular/plural — with the thing to which it refers.” The phrase “which need” refers to “Boko Haram issue,” which is a singular subject that needs a singular verb, i.e., “needs.”

3. A curious resultant “done.” During her speech, Mrs. Buhari praised the University of Maiduguri for remaining open even in the worst moments of Boko Haram insurgency. “The university really done us proud,” she said. This is a misuse of the past participle “done” that linguists call the “resultant done.” It is curious because it is typical of the informal, nonstandard (and sometimes illiterate) speech of the American south.

In Standard English, the sentence would be reworded as, “The university has done us proud.” If we want to be faithful to Mrs. Buhari’s lexical and structural choice, we would rephrase it as, “The university really did us proud.”

4. Buhari’s government as a “recent regime.” Mrs. Buhari puzzlingly referred to her husband’s administration as “the recent regime.”  Here is the context: After thanking the “international community” for its military and financial support that led to the defeat of Boko Haram, in a rather awkward transition, the Wife of the President said, “In which the recent regime has done so far considering what we inherited—the level of insecurity in the country—we can now say that we successfully fought the Boko Haram insurgency.”

Apart from the weak, messy transition, that’s some really dizzyingly incoherent verbal blizzard!

But the bigger issue is that she called the current administration “a recent regime.” There are two problems with that. First, the word “recent,” especially when it is applied to administrations, implies an immediate past, that is, that which precedes the present. It is both ungrammatical and illogical to speak of an incumbent administration as “recent.”

Second, there is always a tone of disapproval when a government is referred to as a “regime.” That is why the word is often reserved for military and other totalitarian governments. Even the Associated Press Stylebook defines “regime” as “the period in which a person or system was in power, often with a negative connotation. For example, Saddam Hussein’s regime, the Nazi regime.” I hope Mrs. Buhari doesn’t consider her husband as the honcho of a regime.

5. “Academicians.”  Mrs. Buhari called university lecturers in the audience “academicians.” Well, it’s OK to refer to university teachers as “academicians” in Nigeria and in other non-native English-speaking countries, but it doesn’t hurt to learn the proper form when you address native speakers in their own territory. Educated native English speakers call university teachers “academics,” not “academicians.”

Here is an abridged version of what I wrote on this in my December 6, 2015 column titled, “Academician” Or “Academic”? Q and A on Nigerian English Errors and Usage”: [A]n ‘academic’ is someone who teaches or conducts research in a higher educational institution, typically in a university. In British and Nigerian English, academics are also called ‘lecturers.’ In American English, they are called ‘professors.’

“An ‘academician,’ on the other hand, is a person who works with or is honored with membership into an academy, that is, an institution devoted to the study and advancement of a specialized area of learning such as the arts, sciences, literature, medicine, music, engineering, etc. Examples of academies are the Nigerian Academy of Letters, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, etc.

“Not all academics are academicians and not all academicians are academics. In other words, you can teach in a university, polytechnic, college of education, etc. and never be made a member of an academy, and you can become a member of an academy without ever being a teacher or a researcher at a higher educational institution. Note that while most academicians are also academics, most academics are never academicians.

“A little note on pragmatics is in order here. Although many dictionaries have entries that say ‘academician’ and ‘academic’ can be synonymous, this isn’t really the case in actual usage, at least among educated native English speakers. It is considered illiterate usage in British and American English to call higher education teachers and researchers ‘academicians’; they are properly called ‘academics.’ Many dictionaries merely capture the entire range of a word’s usage without discriminating socially prestigious usage from uneducated or archaic usage.”

Concluding Thoughts

Mrs. Buhari obviously needs a lot more help than she is aware of and is getting. She is grossly ill-served by her speech writer, who also probably manages her social media accounts. The recent grammatical bloopers from her Facebook page (which were quickly cleaned up after she became the object of ridicule on social media) could be an indication that her speech writer is also her social media manager.

Given how much she is thrusting herself into the public eye, her poor grasp of English grammar will soon become grist to the humor mills—like it was for Patience Jonathan. She can avoid this by doing the following: (1) recede to her quiet, unobtrusive self, (2) bone up on basic English grammar, (3) surround herself with people who give a thought to grammatical correctness and completeness, or (4) speak in Fulfulde or Hausa and get an English translator.

By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.
Twitter: @farooqkperogi

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Real reason why I sued Fayose – Aisha Buhari speaks

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First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari has disclosed the reason why she sued Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.

The president’s wife sued the governor after he refused to retract his allegations that she was indicted in the Halliburton scam.

She had initially given Fayose a five-day ultimatum to apologise, but the governor stood his grounds, insisting that he had evidence to substantiate his claim.

The First Lady is currently in the United States where she is expected to spend one week.

Commenting on the legal battle with Fayose during an interview with VOA, the president’s wife said she had the right to take him to court because her office is higher than that of the governor.

“I never chose myself for this post, but God chose it for me… I took him (Fayose) to court because my seat supersedes his,” she said.

“I have never abused him; I don’t even know him as a person. How can he be accusing me of what I have no idea of? I won’t let this go.”

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Nigerians welcome Aisha Buhari in grand style in Washington

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Nigerians in the Diaspora on Wednesday cheered the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, as she arrived the Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, United States.

Aisha is on a ten-day visit where she will attend a number of special events including the 25th Anniversary celebration of Zumunta Association USA Inc; the United States Institute of Peace in collaboration with Voice of America media organization and the bilateral meetings at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

According to the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, Mrs Buhari arrived on a British Airways flight from London.

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Halliburton: Fayose justifies claim of Buhari wife’s involvement

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Counsel to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, has replied the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari through her counsel, Mary Ekpere & Co, saying the governor’s claim as regards her involvement in the infamous Halliburton scandal was correct and justified in law.

Ozekhome insisted that there are documentary evidences to support the governor’s claim that Mrs Buhari was indeed mentioned in the scandal.

In the letter dated July 8, 2016, Ozekhome affirmed that the statement made regarding the involvement of Mrs Aisha Buhari in the Halliburton scandal was “correct and justified in law, having regards to a court judgment convicting one Mr William Jefferson for bribery in the Halliburton case.”

Counsel to the president’s wife, Mary Ekpere & Co had written to Governor Fayose on June 22, 2016, demanding a retraction of the governor’s statement that the President’s wife was involved in the Halliburton scandal, threatening legal action if the retraction was not made within five days.

However, Ozekhome said the statement of Governor Fayose was correct and justified, having been factually premised on an existing court judgment.

The letter read; “Our client has referred to us your letter dated June 22, 2016, on alleged defamation of the character of your client , Her Excellency, Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, with firm instructions to reply to and reject same in its entirety.

“Our client states and reaffirms categorically that the statement he made as regards the involvement of Mrs Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Buhari, in the Halliburton scandal, is correct and justified in law; having regards to a court judgement convicting one Mr William Jefferson for bribery in the Halliburton case.

“Therein, the name of the President’s wife featured conspicuously. At page 22 of the said judgment delivered by the United State District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, USA, in criminal No 1: 07CR209, the said Mr William Jefferson was sentenced at 9.00 am on November 13, 2009, by Mark D, Lytle. Your client, Mrs Aisha Buhari was specifically mentioned in the judgment.

The judge referred to Exhibits 36-87 in the following words, for clarification; “See also Government Exhibits 36-87 (6/26/02 $170,000 wire transfer from account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying “William Jefferson” as Beneficiary)… Given the age of the defendant, the severity of the sentence calculated by the Probation Office, the defendant’s frequent travel overseas and unexplained wire transfers from overseas locations to financial accounts used by the defendant, the defendant cannot rebut the presumption at sentencing that he is a risk of flight.

“The said Williams Jefferson is currently serving a jail term in the USA and to the best of our client’s knowledge; this judgment has not been challenged, or set aside by any Appellate court of law anywhere in the world.

“The statement of His Excellency, our client, is therefore correct and justified, same having been factually premised on an existing court judgment above referred to.”

On the immunity enjoyed by Governor Fayose against civil and criminal proceedings, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria said; “Your attention is also hereby drawn to Section 308 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as altered, on the immunity enjoyed by our client from civil or criminal proceedings for the period that he occupies the office of the governor of Ekiti State.

“You may therefore advise your client to wait until after 16th October, 2018, when our client’s tenure expires. When that happens, we shall join issues with your client in a competent court of law, in the event that your client does not have a change of heart.’’

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Fayose dares Aisha Buhari, again

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Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has not apologised to the wife of president, Aisha Buhari, as demanded by her for linking her to American Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal of which the US lawmaker was convicted in 2009.

The ultimatum which Mrs. Buhari issued to the governor, demanding to drop his accusations, expired on June 29, Wednesday.

The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, had given the Governor of the Ekiti state Ayo Fayose, five days to apologise or face legal action.

Mrs Buhari, through her lawyers, Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpere, had described Fasoye’s allegation as “very wild and unfounded”

The media director in the Office of the Wife of the President, Zakari Nadabo, confirmed that the office had not received any message from the governor as of 7.00pm of Wednesday.

He also revealed that the wife of the president had left Nigeria for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj.

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Aisha Buhari writes a warning letter to Fayose

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Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President has demanded an apology from the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose over the material he circulated which alleged that she transferred money to a former U.S. congressman, William Jefferson in the Halliburton bribery scandal.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari in the letter dispatched through her legal representatives described the allegations as “very wild and unfounded”.

A copy of the letter sent to the Ekiti State Governor through courier made available to PREMIUM TIMES reads in part:

“Demand for unqualified retraction of the false statement published by you in various media on the 20th of June, 2016, and subsequent dates regarding our client, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,”

The letter continued: “Our client has referred to us statement made by you and published on the 20th of June, 2016 (and other subsequent days) concerning and pertaining to her person for necessary action.

“The said statement which was caused by you and your agents to be widely circulated and published in various media platforms: print, electronic and online such as PREMIUM TIMES www.premiumtimesng.com on 20th of June, 2016, contains very wild, unfounded and false allegations and imputations against the person of our client.

“Specifically, in the said statement credited to you and signed by your Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, you, inter alia, false stated as follows:

“”Even the president cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted over the Halliburton Scandal (sic). When that American, Jeferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialise the judgement for people to see and read,” Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpene, who signed the letter on behalf of the law firm, said.

“Take notice that unless you and your agents meet our humble demands within 5 (five) working days of the receipt of this letter, we shall take all necessary steps within the contemplation of the law to seek redress for our client.”

However, the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina is yet to confirm or deny if the egal counsel, Mary Ekpere & Co. is indeed the solicitors to Mr. Buhari.

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First Lady may seek to assassinate Fayose – PDP

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Be weary of your security – Party warns Fayose

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the First Lady may seek to assassinate the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Peter Ayo Fayose over his public exposé of her alleged involvement in the $182 million Halliburton bribery scandal that saw a US congressman sent to prison for 13 years.

In two tweets, the PDP stated, “This woman (Aisha Buhari) is capable of assassinating governor Fayose for exposing her corrupt dealings

“Governor Fayose may have to take extra security measures to prevent Aisha Buhari or the first family from assassinating him.”

Governor Fayose is yet to respond to the first lady’s comments at this time.

Read more at http://www.herald.ng/first-lady-may-seek-assassinate-fayose-pdp/#2E4rYH8H8CTZHuht.99