The First Lady of Nigeria and wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has written a serious warning letter to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State demanding that he withdraws the the widely-circulated material which he distributed alleging that Mrs. Buhari was involved in the the Halliburton bribery scandal which landed a former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson, in prison.
In the letter which the first Lady sent off through her legal representatives, she said the action of the Ekiti State Governor was directly responsible for the publication of the “very wild and unfounded” allegations in the media.
A copy of the letter titled: “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”, was dispatched to Fayose through courier on June 22 and was exclusively obtained by Premium Times. Through the warning letter, the wife of Buhari gave Mr. Fayose five working days to withdraw the statement or face legal action.
“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.”
Mr. Fayose had on Monday evening distributed a statement which contained excerpts of court documents sourced from the United States Department of Justice Website. In the statement, Mr. Fayose said Mrs. Buhari was an accomplice in the bribery scandal that landed Mr. Jefferson in jail, saying he added the link as a proof.
Although an Aisha Buhari was mentioned in the case files, investigations have, however, revealed that the named Aisha Buhari is an impostor and not the wife of President Buhari.