Aisha Buhari not involved in US bribery scandal – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari  has said that the allegation by Ekiti
State Governor, Ayo Fayose, linking the President Buhari’s wife, Mrs
Aisha Buhari, to the former United States Congressman, William
Jefferson’s bribery scandal was to mislead Ni­gerians.
Jefferson had since been convicted in 2009 over the bribery charges in which Aisha Buhari was men­tioned.
President Buhari’s Spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday
described the allegation as laughable and a desper­ate attempt by Ekiti
State Governor to mislead Ni­gerians.
Shehu said, “A Presi­dential response to the ac­cusation would have
been ignored because Fayose is a man childishly obsessed with the desire
to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his
incurably boorish in­stincts.
“However, the Presi­dency choose to respond on this occasion for the
sake of innocent Nigeri­ans who might be misled by Fayose’s shameless
and blatant distortion of facts”, Shehu explained.
According to him, ig­noring Fayose carries the risk of giving traction
and credibility to outright and brazen falsehoods incon­sistent with the
status of anybody that calls himself a governor or leader.”
He stressed that con­trary to the governor’s claims, the President’s
wife had no direct, indirect or the remotest connection with William
Jefferson’s corruption scandal in the United States.
The president’s spokes­man challenged Fayose to tell Nigerians if the
so-called Aisha whose pic­tures he shared, was the same Aisha that is
mar­ried to President Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination
has any rela­tionship by blood or any relationship in whatever form with
Buhari’s wife.
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