Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has admonished an online news outfit, Sahara Reporters, to embrace the tenets of journalism and “desist from attempts “to smear her name.
A statement by Adebisi Olumide Ajayi, the Special Adviser on Media to Mrs Buhari, said all claims by Sahara Reporters that the British High Commission spent a lot of money on some trips of Mrs Buhari to the UK were untrue.
“The continuous publication of unfounded stories by Sahara Reporters against the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, is becoming a great concern. After our last rejoinder, we expected the paper to come out with concrete evidence of deliberate fraud or abuse of privileges, or be bold enough to own up and apologize for such hazy and unsubstantiated report.
What Sahara Reporters came up with was another conjecture of a purported internal memo within the Consulate, which has no direct link to Her Excellency. The new accusation, however, has still not been able to substantiate where Aisha Buhari made any direct contact with the mission for anything,” the statement read.
The spokesman indicated that Mrs Buhari’s trips abroad were basically for her non-governmental organization, ‘Future Assured’ and had no direct links with the British High Commission.
“Part of the wife of the President’s trips abroad are for her NGO, which is not funded by the Government, and it is not uncommon to have stopovers in Britain like any other country as the case may be. VIP treatment is simple protocol for a personality of her status, which is
done all over the world, and at no point was she offered anywhere else. The High Commission provided the lounge and Hajiya Buhari was not involved in the transaction,” she said.
Adebisi Ajayi concluded by calling on the media outfit to carry out more investigations into the matter to substantiate its claims.
“Attending an international women’s function with the Governors’ wives couldn’t have been linked to the bogus allegation of corruption made by Sahara Reporters’ spurious headline earlier on, as these are approved trips. It will be to the credit of Sahara Reporters to carry
out a thorough check if the so called monies (£3,500) spent for whatever reason by the High Commission has any direct link with Hajia Aisha Buhari,” she advised.