Speaking in defence of Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the Arewa Youth Integrity Forum (AYIF) has denied reports that the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari is exercising unnecessary influence on people at the presidential villa.
President of the forum, Ibrahim Abubakar, while speaking in Abuja on Thursday, said the report was an attempt to put Aisha in bad light and cause disaffection, adding that the people responsible for the bad report are criminally minded and aim at creating the impression that northerners are politically domineering. He said:
“Those behind this plot went to town with the claim that the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is acting as president while Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, functions as vice president.
“All Nigerians, the right thinking ones, are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari is president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria with Professor Yemi Osinbajo his vice president.
“In a record making move, President Muhammadu Buhari properly notified the National Assembly of his ten-day medical leave and Professor Osinbajo’s status as acting president in that time span.”
“It is therefore sad that this kind of wicked rumour is making the rounds at a time when Nigerians, especially from within his party, should support the president with prayers.
“We have it on good authority that those behind the rumour are political terrorists that are highly placed persons in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who want to plunge the country into crisis in pursuit of their personal agenda.
“It is appalling that people can advertise their ignorance on an unprecedented scale by claiming Mrs Buhari is the one acting as president. The only logical explanation other than crass ignorance is that this claim is being made out of malice and mischief.
“This allegation is the latest in a series of smear campaign that has consistently sought to undermine her family life.”
“It however went beyond bounds this time around by trying to precipitate a national crisis by attempting to play on the minds of Nigerians by conjuring a past era that has no similarity with our current scenario,”
Meanwhile, Hajia Aisha Buhari, on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerian girls to develop their talent in information communication technology (ICT) for national development.