Twitter Ban: Aisha Buhari Deactivates Twitter Account

A file photo of Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari
A file photo of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

 

 

First lady, Aisha Buhari, has deactivated her Twitter account after an announcement on Friday evening.

I will be deactivating my twitter account for now. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria,” she wrote before deactivating her account.

The first lady’s action follows the Federal Government’s proclamation that it is suspending the activities of the social media platform in the country.

 

 

Saturday morning saw many Nigerians unable to access the site, except through Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), who gave the opportunity to establish a protected network connection while using the now blocked networks.

As such, their Internet footprint does not bear Nigeria but the country the VPN changes to.

The #TwitterBan came two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s account for violating its rules.

Twitter deleted a remark on the president’s account after he referred to the country’s civil war in a warning about the recent unrest in the southeast.

Buhari referred to “those misbehaving” in recent violence in the southeast, where officials blame separatists for attacks on police and election offices.

Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” the president had posted on Twitter.

The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” ministry of information and culture spokesman Segun Adeyemi said in a statement on Friday.

Twitter said that the move was “deeply concerning“.

We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more,” the company said in a statement.

PHOTOS: Aisha Buhari Visits Attahiru’s Widow, Family

A photo released on May 23, 2021 shows Mrs Aisha Buhari on a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

 

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Mrs Buhari took to Twitter on Sunday to share photos of her visit to the deceased’s family on her verified handle.

She described the death of the late army chief and the other military officers aboard the aircraft as a monumental loss to their families and the nation at large.


See more photos of the visit below:


The remains of the late Attahiru and 10 other officers who died in the plane crash in Kaduna were laid to rest on Saturday at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja.

Other officers and who lost their lives included Brigadier-General MI Abdulkadir, Brigadier-General Olayinka, Brigadier-General Kuliya, Major LA Hayat, Major Hamza, and Sergeant Umar.

Flight-Lieutenant TO Asaniyi, Flight-Lieutenant AA Olufade, Sergeant Adesina, and ACM Oyedepo also died in the crash.

The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
The late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers were buried on May 22, 2021, at the National Military Cemetery in Abuja. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Elsewhere, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the national flag be flown at half-mast in all public buildings, facilities, and official residences across the country.

The directive, which was with effect from Monday to Wednesday, was announced in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.

He explained that the presidential directive was to honour the memory and services of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, as well as the senior military officers and service members who died in a plane crash on Friday last week.

Mustapha added that the President has approved Monday as a work-free day for members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

‘A Voice Of Conscience,’ Tinubu Praises Aisha Buhari At Book Launch

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Thursday described the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as a voice of conscience.

He also commended the President’s wife for her virtues of sincerity and courage, as well as her contributions to the development of the country.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, made the remarks at the public presentation of a book on the First Lady, titled “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” held on Thursday at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He narrated the activities of Mrs Buhari during the 2015 general elections, saying they were instrumental to the President’s eventual success at the polls.

The event was organised by the Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with a gender-based non-governmental organisation – Women and National Development.

Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, looks as Mr Bola Tinubu and Mrs Aisha Buhari exchange pleasantries at the event held on April 8, 2021.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; his wife, Mrs Dolapo; Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi; and former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, were among the dignitaries physically present at the event.

However, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, was represented by the Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi- Esan.

 

A Worthy Partner

The book, which was authored by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Hajo Sani, was reviewed by Professor Fatai Aremu of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (Kuru).

In his remarks, the vice president noted that Mrs Buhari has continued to be a worthy partner and an inspiration for several good initiatives that Nigerians have come to identify with the present administration.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.

 

According to him, the book is not just an important addition to the literary canon on public life and Nigerian biographical history, but a window into the efforts of Mrs Buhari in empowering Nigerians.

“Aisha, as the world has come to know her, is kind-hearted; this made her transition to philanthropy and humanitarianism easy.

“When she became the first lady, her protective mien was exerted when women, children, and other vulnerable people are abused,” Professor Osinbajo said.

He added, “I have observed with keen interest, as she addresses many of the social concerns that have given her sleepless nights. She has, therefore, been a worthy partner and a beacon for some of the good things that Nigerians have come to identify with our government.”

Aisha Buhari Is A Worthy Partner To Our Government – Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday said First Lady Aisha Buhari has been a worthy partner to the current administration.

The Vice President was physically present at a book launch in honour of Mrs. Buhari in Abuja.

The book, authored by Hajo Sani, is titled ‘Aisha Buhari – Being Different’.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.

 

Sani is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration.

In an Instagram post, Prof. Osinbajo associated Mrs. Buhari with the values of courage, integrity and selflessness.

“History has shown that it doesn’t matter how many degrees you have or how many titles precede or honours follow your name, or how high the position you hold,” he said.

“The rare privilege of public service can only be justified by courage, integrity and selflessness. To these, Aisha Buhari adds being yourself, being different.”

The Vice President reviewed the Aisha Buhari book positively.

“Hajo Sanni’s book seeks to document the practical work she has done in the past five years, but it begins with a detailed and sensitive chronicle of childhood years and her growth as a woman, wife and mother,” he said.

“It also highlights her evolution from a silent supporter of her husband’s political adventures to an active mobilizer and campaigner that played a major role in selling him to the Nigerian electorate.

“Then we also read in the book, how as First Lady, she founded the “Future Assured” initiative, promoting the welfare of women, youth and children and driven by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.”

Quoting President, Aisha Buhari’s “doting sweetheart”, Prof. Osinbajo said the First Lady has endured “sleepless nights” in addressing many “social concerns.”

The book’s public launch was put together by the Office of the First Lady in collaboration with Women and National development, a gender-focused nonprofit.

It was chaired by the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu while billionaire entrepreneur Mrs. Folorunso Alakija was the Special Guest of Honour.

 

Tinubu, Osinbajo Present As Aisha Buhari Launches Book

A cross-section of the audience at the book launch of a book about First Lady, Aisha Buhari on April 8, 2021.
A cross-section of the audience at the book launch of a book about First Lady, Aisha Buhari on April 8, 2021.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu were on Thursday present at the official public presentation of a book about the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

The book, authored by Hajo Sani, is titled ‘Aisha Buhari – Being Different’.

Sani is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration.

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The book’s public presentation – launch – was put together by the Office of the First Lady in collaboration with Women and National development, a gender-focused nonprofit.

The launch is chaired by Tinubu, while billionaire entrepreneur Mrs. Folorunso Alakija is the Special Guest of Honour.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu met an Aisha Buhari book launch on April 8, 2021.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu met an Aisha Buhari book launch on April 8, 2021.

 

The book is expected to be reviewed by a Professor of Political Science, Fatai Aremu.

Other eminent Nigerians present at the launch include Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha represented by the Head of the service, Folashade Esan; Service Chiefs; Private sector leaders; Leadership of the National Assembly.

Others include the Governor of Osun State Governor, Adeboyega Oyetola, and wife; the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello; Governor of Yobe state, Mala Buni.

Royal fathers including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and members of the diplomatic corps are physically in attendance.

Reviewing the book presented to the public today, civil service chief Esan said that the book gives an insight into the mind workings, life, and passions of the First Lady.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo converses with First Lady Aisha Buhari during the launch ceremony of a book about the latter on April 8, 2021.

 

As an advocate tool, the book equally provides practical suggestions to overcome institutional challenges in a difficult era, she said.

Tinubu described the First Lady as a voice of conscience, as he extolled the virtues of sincerity and courage among the invaluable contributions of Aisha Buhari.

The APC leader further chronicled the activities of the First Lady during the 2015 elections which according to him was instrumental to the President’s eventual success at the polls.

International Women’s Day: Bring Abductions To An End, Aisha Buhari Charges Nigerian Leaders

A file photo of Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari
A file photo of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

 

 

The first lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerian leaders to bring an immediate end to the incessant spate of abductions of women and girls in the country. 

In a message to mark the 2021 International Women’s Day, the president’s wife called on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring an end to the kidnappings.

Her personally signed message which was titled “Message of the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021,” was published via Twitter on Monday.

It read, “Today marks the 2021 edition of International Women’s Day. The day offers yet another opportunity for humanity to review and reflect progress made on issues of women and girls.

“This year’s theme: Women In Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World is a strong call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women; disrupted education and careers, lost jobs, descent into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence. Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic, It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another.

“Away from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits.

“As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families. I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages.

“I call on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring these abductions to an end and to assure us that girls are safe anywhere they may find themselves.

“My best wishes to women all over the world for their resilience, hard work, and commitment to the progress of humanity. Happy International Women’s Day.”

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Sanwo-Olu Congratulates Aisha Buhari At 50

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s Administration

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has felicitated with the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as she marks her 50th birthday.

The governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile on Wednesday, celebrated the first lady, saying she has touched the lives of millions of Nigerians, especially women and children, since the assumption of her husband as President of Nigeria in May, 2015.

He described her as a courageous and amiable woman, kindhearted and a strong pillar of support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State and my adorable wife, Ibijoke, I heartily congratulate the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on the occasion of her 50th birthday celebration,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

“Our First Lady attaining the age of 50 years in grace, elegance and good health is worth celebrating. Over the years, you have shown your passion for the needy in our country and as a women’s rights activist and child rights advocate, you are a major critic against child marriage.

“As an advocate of women’s and children rights, your campaign for young girls to get primary and secondary school education before getting married has yielded positive results in the country.

“Your passion for women and children made you establish a Pet Project, ‘Future Assured’ an initiative to continue your advocacy work for the health and well-being of women and children through community mobilisation and health promotion. This programme without any iota of doubt has impacted positively on millions of people directly and indirectly.

“On the political turf, your ideas and contributions on national issues are of good use. You have displayed courage and bravery on many occasions to show your passion for a better Nigeria.

“On this landmark occasion of your golden Jubilee celebration, I pray that God will continue to grant you good health to enable you render more service to humanity.”

VIDEO: Aisha Buhari’s Aide Refuses To Disclose Her Whereabouts

 

The controversy triggered by the reports that the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has relocated out of the country took a new twist on Tuesday.

This comes as Mr Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the First Lady), refused to disclose Mrs Buhari’s whereabouts.

Rather than respond to the question he was asked during his appearance on Politics Today, he told Channels Television’s Kayode Okikiolu that he was not invited to the show to discuss the privacy of the first lady.

“I am sorry, Kayode, this is not part of what I was actually invited here to discuss in your studio.

“I will not be speaking on that because it is not part of what we agreed for me to come and discuss. So, let us leave that issue out of the interview please,” Abdullahi said.

Channels Television’s Kayode Okikiolu (L) grills Aliyu Abdullahi (R) on the whereabouts of the first lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on December 29, 2020.

 

She Is Entitled To Her Privacy

In his response, Kayode informed the first lady’s aide that the news was already in the public domain and it was important to clear the air on the controversy trailing the issue.

He also told Abdullahi that the information he would provide would help Nigerians make informed discussions should the issue come up again.

The first lady’s aide, on his part, maintained his earlier position, insisting that Mrs Buhari was entitled to her private life.

He said, “Let me say it this way again, the first lady, although married to the President, nevertheless, she is a citizen of this country who is entitled to her own right to privacy.

“If she chooses not to speak on a particular subject at any point in time, she is entitled to her own right to privacy and that is where I wish to leave that issue as of now. That is her own right, and she did not choose to speak at this time.”

A file photo of Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari
A file photo of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari.

 

Abdullahi appeared as a guest on the Channels Television political programme about two weeks after an online news agency reported that Mrs Buhari had moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

According to the report, the first lady left Nigeria in September after the wedding of her daughter and does not plan to return to the country anytime soon.

Mrs Buhari reportedly claimed that the Aso Rock Villa was no longer secure for her family, following the shooting incident which occurred in June.

Aisha Buhari Asks Nigerian Youths To Explore Creative Industry

Mrs Aisha Buhari in a group photograph with some Corp Members and DG of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

 

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has charged Nigerian youths to explore the creative industry which she described as lucrative and youth-driven.

She explained that Nigeria’s “music, movies, arts, ICT and other creative endeavors offer great and lucrative opportunities,” for every Nigerian to explore.

According to her, these sectors are youth-driven and corp members should “please take full advantage of these opportunities.”

Mrs Buhari said this on Sunday during a dinner organised for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Contingent on the recent National Day parade.

She commended the NYSC members for giving Nigerians a memorable 60th independence anniversary during the National Day parade, noting that such stellar performance leads to great success in the future.

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Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, also at the occasion, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for doing a lot through the Social Investment Programme; she highlighted the most recent, the N75b National Youth Investment Fund, designed to finance youth-led innovations.

Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier-General Shuaibu Ibrahim reaffirmed the commitment of the scheme to justifying the government’s huge investment and spoke glowingly of the role of the scheme in important sectors like education, health, and agriculture as well as strategic national programmes like election, immunization, and SDG Advocacy.

Aisha Buhari Returns From UAE Medical Trip, Advocates Improved Healthcare Services

This picture, released on August 22, 2020, shows the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, arriving the country from Dubai.
This picture, released on August 22, 2020, shows the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, arriving the country from Dubai.

 

Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday announced her return from medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while calling for healthcare providers to improve the capacity of the country’s health sector and reduce foreign medical trips.

In a statement signed by her and obtained by Channels Television, the First Lady said healthcare providers should take advantage of the Federal Government’s N100bn credit support for the health sector in order to ramp up capacity.

Channels Television had earlier reported Mrs. Buhari’s exit from the country on August 8, although her office did not confirm the news at the time.

Officials of the Nigerian Airforce pose with First Lady, Aisha Buhari, in this photo released on August 22, 2020.
Officials of the Nigerian Airforce pose with First Lady, Aisha Buhari, in this photo released on August 22, 2020.

 

In her Saturday statement, Mrs Buhari thanked Nigerians for their prayers and well-wishes and also extended gratitude to the men and women of the Nigerian Airforce who facilitated her journey back to Nigeria.

 

READ MRS BUHARI’S FULL STATEMENT:

I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their prayers and well wishes while I was away for medical treatment in the United Arabs Emirates (UAE). I am well now and fully recovered and had since returned back home, Nigeria.

On our way back, the Nigerian Airforce Flight encountered a violent clear air turbulence which was navigated safely and professionally by the Captain and crew of the Flight.

I want to commend and appreciate the courage and professionalism of the Captain and his crew, the wonderful gallant service men and women of the entire Nigerian Airforce for their dedication to duty and the quality of maintainance of its Fleet.

I recall hosting the private healthcare Providers earlier in the year and we had a very productive engagement where the issue of building the capacity of Nigeria health sector was the major focus, and funding was discovered to be the major challenge.

I therefore call on the healthcare providers to take the advantage of the Federal Government’s initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for the operation of NGN100 Billion Credit Support for the Healthcare Sector as was released recently contained in a circular dated March 25, 2020 to the Commercial Banks. This will no doubt help in building and expanding the capacity of the Nigerian health sector and ultimately reduce medical trips and tourism outside the Country.

Once again, I thank our frontline workers, and all Nigerians for their steadfast as we navigate the challenges facing the entire world.

Aisha Muhammadu Buhari
First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria
August 22, 2020

Aisha Buhari Reportedly Seeks Medical Treatment In UAE

Mrs Aisha Buhari

 

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari is reported to have travelled out of the country to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirate for undisclosed reasons.

Although the office of the First Lady could not confirm the reason for her trip, there are strong indications that Mrs Buhari may be receiving medical attention in the Arab country.

The First Lady who was last seen in public during the Eid-el-Kabir prayers with her family at the villa reportedly left the country after the celebration.

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She was said to have gone on 14 days isolation after visiting the Lagos home of Mrs Florence Ajimobi, the wife of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi who died of COVID-19 complications.

However, after the isolation, the president’s wife reportedly continued to experience the pains, prompting the Dubai trip.

State House Shooting: Umar Faults Aisha Buhari’s Alleged Role In Incident

Mr Sanni Umar speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily on June 15, 2020.

 

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sanni Umar, has faulted the role of the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari in the incident that led to the recent shooting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Reacting to the incident during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, he noted that it was not the duty of the President’s wife to quarantine anyone but that of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“If we are talking about the quarantine, we are talking about the NCDC. I don’t know how the wife of Mr. President will become a member of NCDC who will now go to quarantine somebody because the person has travelled to Lagos,” said Umar who was a media adviser to former Vice President Namadi Sambo.

The shooting at the Presidential Villa is said to be a fallout of an incident on Thursday involving the fist lady, some of her children and security aides, as well as a personal assistant to the President.

The President’s aide reportedly returned from Lagos and was said to have been challenged by the President’s wife and others who asked him to proceed on self-isolation for 14 days, to save the President and his family from the danger of COVID-19.

 

In an attempt to apprehend the President’s assistant, Mrs. Buhari’s aide allegedly released some gunshots, an incident that led to his arrests and other security aides at the scene.

While Mrs. Buhari has called for the release of her security aides in detention, Umar condemned the incident.

As a former resident of the Villa, he noted that there could be gunshots due to external aggression but indiscriminate shootings to raise tension and cause chaos must be condemned.

“I appreciate her (Mrs Buhari’s) concern because the person works with her husband and she doesn’t want her husband to be infected, but there are ways to go about it.

“She can as well request the relevant agencies to take necessary actions to address the matter. But for her to take the issue personally and execute the action is very wrong and it is completely outside the known protocol,” the former PDP presidential campaign spokesperson added.

On his part, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the police were investigating the incident.

Although he did not speak about the alleged role of the first lady in the incident, Shehu stated that the police were expected to make the outcome of the investigation public.

He also explained the rationale behind the movement of staff of the Presidential Villa from Abuja to other states, stressing that such was done in line with the guidelines of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the NCDC.

“They (the police) are the professionals, they know what to look for; they know what to ask and it is up to them,” the President’s aide said.

He added, “He (Buhari) has not placed any restriction on this investigation; he has given them the freedom to go and do their work.

“So, I don’t think it is appropriate for people to make any closures as to what will happen and what will not happen.”