Zahra Buhari Graduation: Nigerians Reply Emir Bayero’s Aide


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Controversy has continued to trail the flaunting of Zahra Buhari’s Architectural Science degree from a UK university.

The latest is a reaction to a comment by Abdallah Garkuwa, a media aide to the Emir of Bichi, Dr. Nasir Ado Bayero, father of Zahra.

Recall that First Lady Aisha Buhari had taken to her social media pages earlier in the week to share photos of the graduation of Zahra, the wife of her son, Yusuf.

The First Lady’s post provoked angry reactions from many social media users who questioned its propriety at a time that students of Nigerian public universities have been home for seven months due to the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s failure to honour agreements made with the union.

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As the controversy raged, Emir Bayero’s aide, Garkuwa reacted to the backlash.

Sharing a photo of the monarch with members of his family, Garkuwa said Zahra is not President Buhari’s daughter and her father (Emir Bayero) was a billionaire before she married Yusuf.

“She is not Buhari’s daughter.

“She is the daughter of Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi.

“Her father is a billionaire even before she married Yusuf, Buhari’s son. Case close(d)!!” he wrote on social media.

However, many Nigerians were not impressed with the clarification.

Taking to the comment section of popular blog, Linka Ikeji, one Lisa wrote, “We agree but it’s insensitive for them to flaunt it on social media when her husband is the cause of the strike.”

An anonymous poster wrote: “All these billionaires that we don’t even know the businesses they own and run. There was a country.”

“What’s the source of his billions?” another poster queried.

“There are lots of billionaires in Nigeria without any reasonable source of income to attain such level of wealth. What a country with plenty dubious leaders!” yet another poster wrote.

Replying Garkuwa, one poster wrote, “And (so)? Why can’t she school in Nigeria? If all children (of) the rich school in Nigeria our education system would have improved. Her father should relocate to the UK too since he is a ‘billionaire’”

Another post said, “Mr. Media Aide, don’t be stupid and ignorant of the travails of the poor in Nigeria.

“It is very insensitive for the First Lady to congratulate her daughter-in-law who graduated from the abroad when Nigerian students have been home for the last 7 months.

“Who cares if her father is a billionaire? She won’t be the last of the rich kids to graduate from a foreign university.

“It is indeed sad that our leaders cannot even read the room before posting trivialities,” one poster said.



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