The Presidency has dismissed as
laughable the desperate attempt by
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State to
link President Buhari’s wife, Aisha, to
a bribery scandal involving a US
Congressman William Jefferson who
was convicted in 2009.
In a statement, the Senior Special
Assistant to the President on Media and
Publicity, Garba Shehu, said ordinarily
the presidency would have ignored
Fayose because he was a man
“childishly obsessed with the desire
to grab the headlines and insulting
people at will because of his incurably
However, Mr. Garba explained that the
presidency chose to respond on this
occasion for the sake of innocent
Nigerians who might be misled by Mr.
Fayose’s shameless and blatant
distortion of facts.
He said ignoring Mr. Fayose carried 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.
According to Mr. Shehu, Aisha had no
direct, indirect or the remotest
connection with William Jefferson’s
corruption scandal in the United States.
He challenged Mr. Fayose to tell
Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose
pictures he proudly, but ignorantly
shared, was the same Aisha married to
President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the
Aisha of his idle imagination had any
relationship by blood or any
relationship in whatever form with
President Buhari’s wife.
Mr. Shehu also challenged Mr. Fayose to
produce evidence from the records of
investigation and subsequent trial of
Jefferson to prove that Mr. Buhari’s
wife Aisha was in anyway linked to that
scandal. He explained that common
names alone were not enough to
automatically link innocent people to
crimes or scandals, especially in an era
of identity thieves.
He further challenged Mr. Fayose to
show proof when and where Aisha
Buhari was invited for interrogation in
connection with Congressman William
Jefferson’s bribery scandal, let alone
indicted for a crime locally or abroad.
According to the presidential media
aide, free speech does not entitle
Governor Fayose to falsely accuse
innocent people of crimes they knew
He warned Fayose that Aisha Buhari
was entitled to protect her reputation
from being recklessly maligned, adding
that political opposition was not a
licence to attack people’s reputation
brazenly without legal consequences.
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