Aisha Buhari, the Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been out of Nigeria for about two months now, raising concerns at the Presidential Villa and among Nigerians.
According to Daily Trust (not Post-Nigeria), multiple sources at the Presidential Villa, said that the President’s wife left the country, in protest of “certain developments” at the Presidency.
It reported that the First Lady, who left the country early August, to Saudi Arabia, to perform hajj (Muslim pilgrimage), has not returned to
Muslims who participated in the hajj exercise have since returned home, but credible sources at the Villa, disclosed that the President’s wife has since left Saudi Arabia for London, United Kingdom.
“Mama (First Lady) is in London. It was from Saudi Arabia that she went to London”, a source said.
Asked when she would return, the source said: “I do not know. All I know is that she is in London.”
Her absence became obvious after she did not appear alongside her husband, at recent official functions.
She was absent during the Eid-El-Kabir celebration, in Daura, Katsina State, in which President Buhari hosted many dignitaries, including Guinean President, Alpha Conde, during the Sallah celebrations.
In early July, the First Lady supported her husband to host the Ambassador Extraordinary for Nigeria-Niger Cooperation, together with
his wife, Fatima, at the State House.
Recently, at public events, Dr. Hajo Sani, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari, on Administration, has been representing the President’s wife.
For instance, on September 25, she was represented at an event of the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development, OAFLAD, on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, UNGA74, in New York, by Dr. Hajo.
According to a statement from the Director of Information, to Aisha Buhari, the event was attended by First Ladies of Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Niger Republic.
President Buhari is one of the World Leaders that attended the 74th UNGA.
However, checks on Mrs. Buhari’s Twitter handle, @aishabuhari, showed that she remained active on the social media platform, as only 6 days ago, she retweeted a post on the war against corruption.
Efforts to get the reaction of her Media Aide, Suleiman Haruna, was unsuccessful.
In June, Mrs. Buhari announced the change of the title of her Office, from ‘Wife of the President’, to ‘First Lady’.
Throughout her husband’s first tenure, she was addressed as ‘Wife of the President’.
Earlier, Mrs. Buhari raised an alarm over the deteriorating Security situation in the country.
During a visit to President Buhari’s home State (Katsina), Aisha, who hails from Adamawa State, said that it will be unfortunate for people who
voted wholeheartedly for her husband, to be allowed to be killed unnecessarily by bandits.
She stated that people must speak out, as the killings were worrisome, and that if not tackled, they could end up consuming everyone.
Four days to the swearing-in of President Buhari for a second term, the First Lady faulted the implementation of the Federal Government’s
Social Investment Programmes, SIPs.
At a programme for women at the State House, Abuja, she said that the SIPs which had gulped N470.8 billion, had failed in the North.
The SIPs are the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfers, National Home-Grown School Feeding, and Government Enterprise and Empowerment
Annually, the Federal Government budgets N500 billion for Social Investments.
However, in 2016, only N79.98 billion was released; in 2017, N140 billion was made available; and in 2018, it was N250.4 billion.
Previously, she had attacked her husband’s administration, drawing worldwide attention, when she criticised President Buhari in an
October 2016, interview with the BBC, saying that, she feared Buhari’s regime was veering off from its mandate to the people.
Mrs. Buhari also expressed doubt that she would support President Buhari, if he sought re-election in 2019, unless he implemented immediate
changes in his personnel and policies.
However, on the eve of this year’s general elections, Mrs. Buhari constituted a campaign team for President Buhari, despite her earlier threats.
The team, with about 700 members drawn from across the country, was inaugurated by President Buhari, and played a key role in his re-election.