One of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari has reunited with her family after she returned from isolation.
The lady, whose name was not disclosed, reunited with her family on Thursday after she went into isolation for 14 days, following her return to the country.
A media aide to Mrs Aisha Buhari, Aliyu Abdullahi, revealed this in a statement.
He explained that the isolation was done in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to ascertain the health status of returning travellers on coronavirus (COVID-19).
The President’s daughter, according to Abdullahi, is normal, very healthy, and well at the end of the isolation period.
He added that she reunited with her family on Thursday afternoon and was personally received by her mother, the first lady.
“The lesson here for Nigerians and other parents to learn is that this is a child with all the privileges one can ever think to have in the country, but the parents and the daughter insisted in following the NCDC protocol,” Abdullahi said.
Elated Aisha who could not also hide her joy took to Twitter to share the news of her daughter’s return.
She also prayed for a speedy recovery for those who have tested positive for coronavirus in the country, as the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 184.
See the first lady’s tweet below:
It is a thing of joy & gratitude to Almighty God to reunite with my daughter after she had been in isolation for 14 days immediately she landed in Nigeria. While I’m wishing all those infected for a speedy recovery, I pray for the end of this pandemic. . #AbujaScaleUppic.twitter.com/t3KyJ3d29n
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, is seeking a total lockdown of the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Aisha Buhari revealed this in a tweet on Monday, where she commended the state governors for closing down schools.
She said, “It is commendable that state governors have closed down schools.
“However, this could be counterproductive if parents are still going to work.
“We should not isolate students and expose their parents.
“Let us remember that they will meet at home”. #TotalLockDown #StayAtHome
See Tweet Below:
It is commendable that state governors have closed down schools; however, this could be counterproductive if parents are still going to work. We should not isolate students and expose their parents. Let us remember that they will meet at home.#TotalLockDown#StayAtHome
“Based on the advice of the Hon. Minister Of Health, Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 and that of NCDC, She is on Self Isolation, not because she displayed any symptoms of the COVID-19.
“Please, I urge all parents to do the same if possible as prevention is better than cure.
“Similarly, I have shut down my office for two weeks with immediate effect while essential staff can work from home as a result of some Staff who recently returned from the UK.
“I commend the North-Western Governors including Niger and Kwara on preventive measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 at their security meeting yesterday in Kaduna.”
She called on Nigerians to “keep following the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC,” expressing hopes that “We will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic if we all take the necessary precautions at the same time!”
See Her Tweet Below:
Good afternoon Nigerians, Earlier today my daughter returned from the UK being among the high Burden listed countries of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/cku3bzcIJS
Let’s keep following the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, which encourages maintaining social distancing, high hygiene culture through regular washing of hands with soaps and sanitizers.
She said: “The occasion of International Women’s Day is not only meant to celebrate our achievements but to remind us of the need to continue playing those crucial roles towards making the world a better place for humanity.”
The wife of the president, therefore called on “Nigerian Women as mothers to pay more attention to children’s wellbeing in our changing society.
“As mothers, wives, sisters, role models and equal stakeholders in project humanity, we look forward to more opportunities for the realization of our full potentials for an equitable, just and prosperous society,” she explained.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the family is essential for the national attitudinal change needed for the country to develop.
The President said only stable families can make meaningful contributions to a stable society.
He made the remarks at a joint national conference on repositioning the Muslim family for national development organized by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in conjunction with Future Assured Initiative which held on Thursday at the banquet hall of the State House in Abuja.
The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari on Monday hosted her predecessor, Mrs Patience Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mrs Buhari in a post on her verified Instagram handle revealed some of the details of their discussions which centered on women’s participation in politics, girl-child education and Mrs Jonathan’s pet project, ‘Women for Change’.
She added that Mrs Jonathan shared her experience during her tenure and her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in the society.
Read her full post below…
“Yesterday, I received my predecessor, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan at the State House.
“We discussed my efforts with regards to greater involvement of women in politics & participation of women at lower level of governance.
“We also discussed girl child education and her pet project “women for change”
“I got to hear her experience during her tenure and listened to her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in society.
“It was really nice having her around and I look forward to having more of such moments.”
Ten years after her demise, former first ladies including Patience Jonathan and Turai Yar’Adua on Thursday gathered in Abuja in remembrance of Maryam Babangida.
The event was hosted by the present First Lady, Aisha Buhari and organised by Aisha Babangida, daughter of the former military president Ibrahim Babangida. Wife of vice-president Yemi Osinbajo was also in attendance.
Aisha Buhari shared some photos and a short video from the event on her verified Instagram handle.
In her post, she said, “I attended an event organised to mark the 10th anniversary of the demise of former First Lady, late Mrs Maryam Babangida; the initiator of women empowerment Programme.
“The event is tagged, Mother Of The Nation History Revised 2020 held on Thursday in Abuja.”
She also lauded Maryam Babangida and her legacies adding that former first ladies should continue in this clime of meeting and sharing their experiences.
“I am happy to meet with some former first ladies at the event.
“The armchair discussion and the experience sharing by the first ladies were quite interesting and inspiring. While I commend the effort of Aisha Babangida for putting the event together, I would like to also suggest that Former first ladies should continue to explore avenues for sharing their experiences. It is hoped that this will enhance the Programmes of the next future First Ladies as well as shape the future of the younger generations,” she added.
Maryam Babangida was the wife of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who was Nigeria’s head of state. She died in December 2009.
“Happy Birthday to MY incorruptible GMB,” Aisha said in her post which appears to be throwing sarcasm at those who now refer to the President as “general.”
She used GMB – General Muhammadu Buhari – instead of PMB – President Muhammadu Buhari.
This, however, got the reaction of many who wondered why the President’s wife choose to refer to him as a ‘General.’
See Aisha Buhari’s post below…
Happy Birthday to MY incorruptible GMB. I wish you Allah’s Guidance Protection and Good Health to continue steering the affairs of our dear nation . Long Live GMB Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria ! pic.twitter.com/t0fKZqlUuP
According to her, Shehu who is the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity has gone beyond his boundaries and is “meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country”.
The President’s wife recalled the incident at the Presidential Villa shortly after she returned from the United Kingdom.
She said Shehu, as her husband’s spokesperson, knew the truth and had the responsibility to set the records straight.
Mrs Buhari, however, alleged that the presidential aide deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for his principal who appointed him in the first place.
She added that Shehu allegedly kept mute to cause more confusion and instability for the President, stressing that “all trust has broken down between him and my family”.
The President’s spokesman has yet to respond to the allegations.
Read the full statement below:
Nigeria’s development is hinged on the ability of public officials to execute their mandates professionally, and to be shining examples in their various areas of endeavour. It is not a good sign when officials abandoned their responsibility and start clutching at straws.
As spokesperson of the President, he has the onerous responsibility of managing the image of the President and all the good works that he is executing in the country.
Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the compact that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015 and 2019.
To make matters worse, Mr. Shehu has presented himself to these people as a willing tool and executioner of their antics, from the corridors of power even to the level of interfering with the family affairs of the President. This should not be so.
The blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves.
Breakdown Of Trust?
We all remember that the chief proponent appropriated to himself and his family a part of the Presidential Villa, where he stayed for almost 4 years and when the time came for him to leave, he orchestrated and invaded my family’s privacy through a video circulated by Mamman’s Daughter, Fatima, the public was given the impression that on arrival into the country I was locked out of the villa by Mr President.
Garba Shehu as Villa Spokesperson, knew the truth and had the responsibility to set the records straight, but because his allegiance is somewhere else and his loyalty misplaced, he deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for the President who appointed him in the first place.
Consequently, his action has shown a complete breakdown of trust between the First Family and him.
Mr Shehu was privy and part of the plan and its execution and he was shocked when he realised that I had publicised my return to Nigeria on October 12, 2019, and cleared the air on the many rumours that took over social media, a job he was supposed to do but kept mute to cause more confusion and instability for his Principal and his family.
Garba then vented his anger on the National Television Authority (NTA) Management insisting that the media crew to my office must be sacked. He succeeded in getting them suspended for doing their job.
I had to intervene to save the innocent staff from losing their means of livelihood by involving the Department of State Services (DSS) in order to ascertain roles played by key actors in the saga.
It is at this late hour that I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu who claimed that the government will not allow office of the First Lady to run.
He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President.
This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realise the fact that First Lady’s office is a tradition which has become an institution.
Today, even without a budget, I am able run my humanitarian programmes.
In saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers.
GARBA SHEHU NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.
The latest of his antics was to wage a war on the first family through an orchestrated media campaign of calumny by sponsoring pseudo accounts to write and defame my children and myself.
Based on Garba Shehu’s misguided sense of loyalty and inability to stay true and loyal to one person or group, it has become apparent that all trust has broken down between him and my family due to the many embarrassments he has caused the Presidency and the first family.
We all have families to consider in our actions and therefore it is in the best interest of all concerned for Garba Shehu to take the advice of the authority, given to him sometimes in the first week of November 2019.
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has raised alarm over the situation of things in the country.
She stated this on Friday in a short speech at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council Meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Aisha said, “We should either fasten our seatbelt, get up and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate things are going, things are completely out of hands.”
“The Vice President is here, ministers are here; they are supposed to do justice to whatever. People cannot afford portable drinking water in this country. We have ministers, we have governors.
“Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are Muslims we should fear God and we know that one day we will return to God and account for our deeds here,” she added.
The President’s wife supported the Social Media Bill before members of the National Assembly and highlighted the importance of the bill.
She recalled a situation where a report was trending that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had resigned from his office.
According to Aisha, the sponsor(s) of such a report deserved to be punished and people who engage in fake news should be made to face the consequence of their actions.
Aisha stated, “You cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that Mr Vice President has resigned. It’s a serious crime.
“If China Can Control 1.8 billion people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria should not attempt controlling only 180 million people.”
“We must do justice to ourselves; … as a result of the long term of injustice done to others, today most of us cannot go to our villages and sleep with our two eyes closed,” she added.