“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.
In her speech, Aisha Buhari spoke on the importance of worship, which according to her “is the highway through which our requests and innermost desires are achieved.”
She reminded participants that “Islam has outlined responsibilities to our creator, our societies, our close and extended families and our neighbours and we must carry out these responsibilities to the best of our abilities.”
She charged men to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and be responsible to their families through love, care and provision, adding that this will spread horizontally across the society and vertically across generations, insisting that this can address the multiple societal ills that are bedeviling the nation.
Scholars at the event delivered speeches on issues of faith and practice, corruption, drug abuse, security, entrepreneurship and the emerging trend of child abduction.
Highlight of the occasion was a session of special prayers for the nation and its leaders conducted by a team of renowned Islamic Scholars present at the event.
Other government officials at the event include the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, Hon. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, Former Governor of Nasarawa state, Sen. Tanko Almakura, other distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Wives of Governors & former Governors and other dignitaries.
“I call on all Nigerian women and young girls to make a commitment to always do a monthly self-breast examination because early detection is key to saving lives. Let us all join Medicaid Cancer Foundation @medicaidcf to #Walkawaycancer,” her post read.
Mrs Buhari in the post also shared pictures of where she was being presented with a branded T-shirt with the inscription “Walkaway Cancer.”
Also in the picture was the wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr Zainab Bagudu; and a lady presenting the T-shirt to the President’s wife.
First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has unveiled the athletes that will compete in the 2020 World Para-Powerlifting World Cup being hosted in Abuja, early next year.
She unveiled the athletes at an event which held at the State House on Wednesday, October 17, 2019, as well as the mascot and logo of the competition.
The First Lady, who was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, noted that hosting the 2020 championship will be an enormous task, with para-lifters coming from Europe, the Americas and Africa to converge in Abuja.
She, therefore, charged the organisers to put all hands on deck to ensure the success of the event.
A clothing line was also unveiled as a way to source revenue for retired athletes and the First Lady called for patronage, saying that it will help the athletes not to retire into poverty.
She vowed that “as an advocate for women, children and vulnerable groups, I will continue to champion their cause with all my strength.”
She also expressed gratitude to the Federation for naming the event after her and giving her the privilege of hosting the championships.
Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Para Power Lifting Federation, Mrs Queen Uboh, in her address said the choice of the First Lady to host the event was deliberate, because of her commitment to the cause of the vulnerable Nigerians.
She said most of the team members are also female and will draw inspiration from her involvement.
She further stated that as a result of the respect which Nigeria has in the world of para-lifting, the nation has secured an approval to host the global event for the next three years.
Uboh, therefore, called on Nigerians to support the clothing line initiative which will usher in a new phase of life for retired athletes.
The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has apologised to her family and Nigerians following a video that went viral recently.
She tendered the apology in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna.
The statement read, “Commenting on the videos circulating on social networks, Mrs Buhari extended her apology to her children, her immediate family members and all well-meaning Nigerians over the embarrassment that the videos had caused.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Buhari said she had secured hectares of land for the construction of a regional secretariat for the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).
She stated her resolve to construct a regional secretariat for AFLPM, which was established after the Beijing Conference of 1995, when she received first ladies from states in the country at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday.
“I have successfully secured 2.7 hectares of land in Abuja for this purpose and the foundation laying will soon be conducted in the presence of African First Ladies,” the wife of the President was quoted as saying in the statement.
On the advocacy project for the improvement of maternal and child health, which is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Future Assured Programme in partnership with first ladies in Nigeria, Mrs Buhari said it would come to an end in December 2019.
She used the opportunity to commend the first ladies for the good work they have been doing in their various states, and the collaboration they did with Future Assured.
The President’s wife, however, called on new first ladies to do the same and urged them not to succumb to distractions by social media.
She thanked her husband for approving a new set of aides to assist her in carrying out her various responsibilities.
The First Lady of Borno State, Mrs Falmata Umara Zulum and her Edo State counterpart, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, spoke on behalf of the Northern and Southern First Ladies’ Forums respectively.
Also present were wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; wife of the Senate President, Mrs Maryam Lawan, and wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Salamatu Gbajabiamila, among others.
There was jubilation on Sunday as the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, returned to the Presidential Villa after a long holiday in the United Kingdom.
The First Lady arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via a British Airways flight at about 4:30AM.
She was received at the airport by wives of present and former and governors and many associates among others.
Aisha said she was happy to be home after a well-deserved rest and thanked her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as family and well-wishers for their support and encouragement while she was away.