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Aisha Buhari: What her Persistent Absence Means

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The Director of Information to the First Lady, Mr Suleiman Haruna, has debunked the speculations that the President’s wife, Aisha Buhari has absentee herself from the villa in protest against the President.

Speaking to PUNCH on Sunday, Mr Haruna said that although the First Lady was indeed absent from the Villa, her absence has nothing to do with her displeasure towards to Buhari-Administration. According to him, the President’s wife is a free citizens and has the freedom to be whether she wants to be.

Aisha’s absence at the Villa became less oblivious when she started being absent from public functions which she normally would have attented.

PUNCH also reported that First Lady Aisha Buhari has been in the country for nearly two months since the completion of the Hajj, has been represented by Dr Halo Sani, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration on important occasions including the Organization of AfricanFirst Ladies for Development, that held on September 25, 2019 on the sidelines of the 7th United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States.

The office said as a free Nigerian who was not a government official, Mrs Buhari could travel for private engagements both within and outside the country, adding that the reasons for such trips must not be tied to “needless speculation or rumours.”

Haruna also said,

“It’s a free world and people have been speculating about everything in this country and it is allowed.

“She is a free Nigerian and does not work for the government. So, if she decides to stay somewhere in her village for two months or to go somewhere and stay for two months, why should it become a national issue?

“She is a free Nigerian and has absolute freedom to move round for however long she wants.”

Haruna also debunked speculations about the Aisha being in conflict with some government official at the Villa. He said;

“I am in shock when I hear all these things. I don’t believe in all these rumours about the President’s wife because they are not true.

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“That is why, most times, the office does not bother to react to these speculations,” Haruna added.

Aisha had publicly raised issues with her husband’s administration, including the one where she stated that persons who did not contribute to her husband’s election victory were calling the shots at the Presidency.

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