Aisha Buhari Tells APC Not To Use Free Forms To Relegate Women In 2023

A file photo of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
A file photo of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

 

The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has asked the All Progressives Congress not to grant free nomination forms as a strategy to relegate or sideline aspiring women from attaining higher elective positions.

Aisha made the comment on Saturday at a summit for over 700 APC female aspirants at the State House conference centre in Abuja.

Women interested in the ticket of the APC for elective positions are expected to only pay for the expression of interest form while the nomination form is free.

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Addressing the aspirants, Mrs Aisha acknowledged their courage vying for various elective positions across the country.

She affirmed her support to all of them.

She said it was important for women to rally round all the contestants and confront any marginalization in the political space.

Mrs Buhari also urged the aspirants to eschew violence, jealousy and hatred, which according to her is critical to excelling.

PHOTOS: Tinubu, Umahi, Others Present As Aisha Buhari Hosts Presidential Aspirants

 

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Saturday hosted presidential aspirants and called on political parties and their candidates to reserve a certain percentage of elective positions for women.

The special Iftar, which she organised for presidential aspirants in the 2023 election, was held in Abuja.

Mrs Aisha Buhari also urged them to create a fair playing ground for the 2023 general elections.

 

The event attracted several presidential aspirants and dignitaries including former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu; Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State; Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi; Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio among others.

While Vice President Yemi Osinbajo did not attend the event, his wife, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, was present at the dinner.

The APC National Women Leader, Betta Edu, also attended the Iftar.

See from the event below:

 

2023: Aisha Buhari Invites Osinbajo, Wike, Atiku To Dinner

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

 

The First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has invited presidential aspirants to an Iftar dinner at the Presidential Villa on Saturday.

The invitation, which was extended to all presidential hopefuls across political parties, is expected to have the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and seventeen other aspirants from the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike; former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar and others in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) grace the occasion.

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The invitation card for the event that was in circulation on Thursday, advised those participating not to come along with their mobile devices, stating that their invitation cards will serve as their entry pass.

The Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullah, clarified that it is standard protocol for guests at events in the President Villa, to be requested not to go in with phones.

Aisha Buhari Attends Plenary At National Assembly

First Lady Aisha Buhari at Senate plenary on February 23, 2022.

 

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday attended plenary sessions in both chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Mrs Buhari was at the National Assembly to support an item for amendment in the 1999 Constitution which seeks specific seats to be created for female legislators in the country.

She was accompanied to the Senate Chamber by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen; and the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in a short remark after the report was laid by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, said the First Lady’s visit was to show support for a bill to have more female parliamentarians at the federal and state legislatures.

“This, we believe, will help in nation building as such significant participation by our women will add value to not only legislation but the much desired and needed national development.

“For us as a nation, our motto is unity and faith, peace and progress. We believe that all hands must be on deck to ensure the participation of each and every segment of our society,” Lawan said.

The Senate President assured the First Lady that Ninth Assembly while voting on the amendments to the constitution as contained in the ad-hoc committee’s report, would ensure that women’s participation in governance is commensurate with their population.

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Also at the House of Representatives, Mrs Buhari was admitted into the chamber alongside the ministers to witness the laying of the constitution amendment bills.

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila announced to the House that the First Lady was in plenary to show support for women, in certain areas of the Constitution amendment which would benefit women.

The First Lady’s arrival at the Green Chamber was also announced via Twitter on the official handle of the House of Representatives.

 

 

Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege on Tuesday announced that the Senate Committee on Constitution Amendment would lay the report of the 1999 Constitution review on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

The Federal lawmakers are also expected to vote on the amendments on March 1.

Buhari Appoints Sani Zorro As Aisha’s Aide, Redeploys, Sacks Others

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s Administration
File photo of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Muhammad Sani Zorro, journalist, politician, and former lawmaker as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of the First Lady.

The President also redeployed some other aides attached to the office of the First Lady, with one other person sacked.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Saturday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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“At the instance of the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, the President has also approved the immediate redeployment of three of the political appointees in her office to the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, pending their assignment to some other government departments or agencies.

“Those affected by the redeployment are Dr. Mohammed Kamal Abdulrahman, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Health and Development Partners and Personal Physician to the First Lady; Hadi Uba, Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Wole Aboderin, Special Assistant to the President on Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs.

“Also approved with effect from 11th February is the disengagement of Zainab Kazeem, the Special Assistant to the President on Domestic and Social Events, Office of the First Lady,” the statement read in part.

According to the statement, Zorro, a famous journalist brings to the new job decades-long experience in media practice, publishing, and unionist leadership.

He was at various times President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Federation of African Journalists, FAJ.

He was in the House of Representatives where he chaired the committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Refugees, and Initiatives on North East.

Hanifa Abubakar: Aisha Buhari Visits Kano, Calls For Justice

Kano State Government has ordered the immediate closure of a private school, Noble Kids Academy, in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state, where abductors of a pupil, Hanifa Abubakar
A file photo of Hanifa Abubakar.

 

The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, visited Kano State on Thursday to condole the parents of a five-year-old girl, Hanifa Abubakar, who was killed and buried in a shallow grave in a private school in the state.

While addressing the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, she described the girl’s murder as tragic, calling on the Kano State Government to ensure justice is served.

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“We hope and pray that justice will be done for the innocent Hanifa in Kano. As a mother, I have children and grandchildren. Already, my grandchildren are in nursery and primary school and trust their teacher so much,” she said.

“In a situation whereby our children are not safe in their schools, that means the society has become something else. I think the punishment should be done in order to satisfy  all the mothers in Nigeria.”

In his remarks, Governor Ganduje commended the president’s wife for carving out time from her busy schedule to visit the state. He described Hanifa as his daughter, vowing that his administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring justice for the five-year-old girl.

The governor said the state government would prevent a recurrence of such an ugly incident, adding that he would reach out to Hanifa’s parents to provide alternatives to cushion the pain they are going through.

Hanifa, a student of Noble Kids Comprehensive College, was abducted late last year and one of those linked to the operation was her teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko. The abductors demanded a ransom of N6 million but went ahead to kill her after receiving the money.

We Support Justice For Hanifa Abubakar, Says Aisha Buhari

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 joined calls for justice for Hanifa Abubakar who was killed and buried in a shallow grave in a private school in Kano state.

Five-year-old Hanifa, who is a student of  Noble Kids Comprehensive College, was abducted late last year and one of those involved in the operation was her teacher, Abdulmalik Mohammed Tanko.

The abductors demanded a ransom of N6 million but went ahead to kill her after receiving the money.

Mrs Buhari on Monday posted a short video of a sermon by an Islamic scholar, Abdallah Gadon Kaya, demanding justice for the late Hanifa on her Instagram page.

In the video, Mr Gadon Kaya called on the government and human rights groups to pick up the case of Hanifa and ensure that justice is served.

“His life is not better than the girl’s life. He should be killed the same way he killed her.

“And the execution should be done in public so that it will serve as a deterrent to others, the cleric said.

READ ALSO: Kano Govt Closes School Where Five-Year-Old Hanifa Was Killed, Buried

The First Lady further wrote in Hausa, “Muna Goyon Bayan Hukunchin Malam”, which says, “We support the justice of Malam… Watch Out… Attention. #IGP #AGF #JUSTICEFORHANIFA.”

Earlier, the Kano State Government ordered the immediate closure of the school in Nassarawa Local Government Area of the state where the abductors were said to have killed and buried her remains.

Across social media, the hashtag #JusticeForHanifa began to trend late Thursday, with many sympathising with the family and calling for justice to be served.

Aisha Buhari Elected President Of African First Ladies Peace Mission

The 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) has unanimously elected the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari as the new President.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

She was elected at the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) held on Monday in Abuja.

READ ALSO: Buhari Asks African Leaders To Support First Ladies

President Muhammadu Buhari who declared the event open congratulated the Nigerian First Lady for acquiring a piece of land on behalf of all First Ladies for the development of a secretariat for the Mission in Abuja.

Mrs Buhari in her acceptance speech pledged to execute her new responsibility with total commitment, urging her colleagues to work in unison towards a glorious destiny for Africa.

”With all sense of humility, I accept my election as the incoming 9th President of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.

”I want to sincerely thank all my colleagues for your continuous support and understanding and for entrusting me with this great responsibility.

”I pledge to execute my responsibility with total commitment and in accordance to the Missions laid down regulations.

”Your Excellences, Gentlemen of the Press, as you are aware, the task before us is a collective commitment hence the cooperation of all us is needed for the overall success of the African First Ladies Peace Mission.

”On my own part, I assure you that I will discharge the affairs of my office with honesty, dedication, and inclusivity.

”My dear colleagues as we conclude this Summit, let history guide us to ensure that the Africa we bequeath to our children today is better than the one we inherited.

”Let us commit ourselves to work together towards achieving a glorious destiny for all Africans,” she said.

Aisha Buhari Foundation Celebrates Six Years

The wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, and First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari

 

The Aisha Buhari Foundation is celebrating its 6th year anniversary at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.

The theme of this year’s event is Securing the Future of Women and Youth for National Development.

First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari

 

In attendance is the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire among other dignitaries.

 

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.”