Aisha Buhari


She told BBC Hausa that the responsibility to confirm or deny the rumour was that of those involved in the matter.

Speaking in Hausa, she said:

“He is the one they said is getting married not me so he is the one that should publicly deny it. The person they said he’s getting married to didn’t deny it initially, she waited until the wedding didn’t hold on the said date before she publicly denied it.”

Aisha Buhari also called for urgent action against the menace of fake news.

The social media was abuzz last weekend with news that President Buhari was to get married to one of his ministers.




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First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has called for urgent action to address sexual harassment against students.

Mrs Buhari made the call during the exclusive screening of the BBC Africa Eye ‘Sex for Grades’ documentary on Monday night in Lagos.

The First Lady lamented that the issue of sexual harassment against women was not unique to universities, but has become prevalent in the society, including religious settings.

Mrs Buhari, represented by Aisha Rimi, a lawyer, condemned sexual harassment against students, saying it was unacceptable as the nation’s educational system had suffered many setbacks that had hindered its development.

“This simply has to change. It is no longer enough to sweep allegations under the carpet or force victims to withdraw their allegations, victimise or stigmatise them,” she said.

Mrs Buhari stressed that there are laws to protect victims of sexual harassment and abuse, but such laws cannot operate except victims speak out to get justice.

Mrs Buhari advised women that their dignity and self respect should outweigh whatever challenge they face, stating her support to ensure a sexual abuse free society for women.

She commended the BBC team for their hard work, bravery and tenacity to expose the ills facing students in the country’s tertiary institutions.

Also, Bisi Fayemi, Wife of Ekiti Governor, said it was time to speak up, speak out and stand by victims of sexual abuse, saying the culture of silence must end.

According to her, universities should have clear sexual and violence policies that will protect students and the sanctity of the educational system.

Mrs Fayemi called for a sexual offence register that would contain list of indicted lecturers, thus preventing them from moving to another university if sacked from one, to commit similar atrocity in another institution.

She stressed the need to be accountable for the well being and care of the young ones, ensure justice for survivor of sexual abuse and the political will to prosecute and punish offenders.

Mrs Fayemi urged the society to desist from shaming survivors of sexual abuse, rather name, shame and punish offenders to serve as deterrents to others.

Toun Sonaiya, Chief Executive Officer, WFM Radio, said everyone should collectively amplify their voices against issues of sexual harassment and abuse against girls and women.

She advocated a safe environment that would enable women share their experiences without fear, and ensure diligent investigation and prosecution of offenders of such allegations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that “Sex for Grades” is a 53 minutes documentary that exposes alleged sexual harassment against students by lecturers in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and University of Ghana, Legon.

The documentary features the personal story of Kiki Mordi, an investigative journalist with WFM Radio, who worked with the BBC Africa Eye team to expose the ills in the Universities, based on her personal experience of sexual harassment by lecturers.

During the year-long investigation, journalists posing as students made secret recordings of male academics who harass and abuse young women.

The investigation was conducted by BBC Africa Eye to expose the problem of sex for grades faced by students in many higher institutions. (NAN)


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Aisha Buhari, has reportedly been out of the country for over two months now and according to Daily Trust, her absence is in protest of the recent developments in the presidency.

A report by the newspaper claims that multiple sources at the presidential villa said the first lady, who left the country in early August to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj (Muslim pilgrimage), has not returned.  Muslims who participated in the hajj exercise have since returned home, but according to Daily Trust credible sources at the Villa said the president’s wife has since left Saudi Arabia for London.

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“Mama (first lady) is in London. It was from Saudi Arabia that she went to London”” one  source said. Asked when she is likely to return, the source said, “I don’t know. All I know is that she is in London” he said

Her absence became obvious after she did not appear alongside her husband at some recent official functions. She was conspicuously absent during the Eid-El-Kabir celebration in Daura, Katsina State when many were with their families. The president hosted many dignitaries including Guinean president, Alpha Conde, during the Sallah celebrations.


At public events, Dr. Hajo Sani, Mrs Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Administration, has been representing her at different functions. For instance, on September 25th, Dr Hajo represented Mrs Buhari at an event of the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD), on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), New York. Hajo. According to a statement from the Director of Information to Aisha Buhari, the event was attended by first ladies of Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Niger Republic.


Attempts to reach Mrs Buhari’s media aide, Suleiman Haruna, to inquire why she has been absent has proved abortive.


A text message sent to him reads: “In months, her excellency has been out of public glare, locally and abroad. She’s being represented by aides. Where is she?” was sent to him twice but no response was received from him.


The same text message was also sent to presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, yesterday. He replied that her spokesperson should be contacted.


Mrs Buhari drew worldwide attention when she criticised her husband in an October 2016 interview with the BBC. Mrs Buhari in the interview said she feared that her husband’s administration was deviating from its mandate to the people who voted him into office in 2015. She also expressed doubt that she would support him if he sought re-election unless he implemented immediate changes in personnel and policies. Mrs Buhari last year also made headline news when she alleged that two men in the ”cabal” were holding her husband’s government ransom.



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The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday asked maritime agencies to review subsisting policies to accommodate more Nigerian women in the seafaring profession.

The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari [NAN]

The first lady who described women as good human and material managers said that, such policy drive would help to level gender inequalities existing in the profession.

Mrs Buhari, gave the advice at the 2019 Seafarers Day organised by the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event was: `On Board with Gender Equality’ aimed at honouring seafarers for their contribution.

NAN) also reports that the president’s wife was represented at the event by the wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo.

She said “There has been significant effort by the NIMASA leadership at making the women play active role in the maritime sector especially in the seafaring aspect.

“Mr President is desirous of seeing more women in the industry this year celebration focusing on women seafarers is therefore apt.

“It will be development on a wider range seeing agencies play pivotal role in leading the pack in the new direction of gender equality in maritime career of the girl child.

“Let me stress that it is important to educate the girl child in opportunities in taking up career in the sector and the derivable benefits there, while dissuading them from the notion that it is men’s job,’’ she said.

Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General (DG) of NIMASA in his address said the agency was gender sensitive, adding that more Nigerian girls had in the recent times benefited from NIMASA cadet training.

To this end the agency will continue to pursue policies that will accelerate gender equality and empowerment of women in the maritime.

“In addition to the 304 female cadets we have trained since the inception of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), special attention will now be given to the training of female seafarers in specialised courses to enable them take-up professional responsibilities,’’ he said.

MS Sophia Adula, an awaiting Seatime Mandatory Cadet told NAN that many of them out there were yet to sail out after graduation because of no platform to acquire the training that would certify them.

She called on the authorities to make seatime training platform available for them to ply their trade.

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The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has inducted the wife of the late Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Dr. Stella Adadevoh, and wife of Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

The centre said this was in the tradition of keeping records of the wives of heads of states and presidents.

The Director-General of the Centre, Mrs. Mary Ekpere-Eta, spoke in Abuja during the induction ceremony of 22 female icons into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

Ekpere-Eta added that the late Kudirat Abiola, who was brutally murdered at the peak of the struggle for June 12, Dr. Adadevoh, who died while saving the country from the widespread of the deadly Ebola Virus topped the list of the 22 inductees.

She said there was need to celebrate the achievements of Nigerian women considering various barriers which limited them from attaining success, adding that such women had paved way for the success of today’s women.

Dr. Stella Adadevoh

Dr. Stella Adadevoh

”The hall of fame features a comprehensive display of records of women from the pre-colonial days, who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal wars etc, but since 2007, no woman has made it to the hall.

“The Hall of Fame provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the unlimited potential of women in Nigerian society,” Ekpere-Eta said.

She assured Nigerians that the induction would be held every four years to ensure that women were adequately captured in the Hall of Fame.

Ekpere-Eta said the selection was done on merit with documented proofs and assured that modalities, which included quest for excellence, integrity and other positive attributes were the ingredients considered for the selection.

The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who was represented by her Senior Special Adviser, Mrs. Hajo Sani, advised the inductees to mentor the younger generation to serve as legacy.

”It is the collective responsibility of women to continue to work in their different areas of specialisation toward contributing to nation building.

“I urge women to continue to operate in transparency, modesty, honesty and integrity which are core values of this administration and to contribute to next generation of women leaders,” she said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the Hall of Fame would be a tourist centre for foreign nationals and diplomats who visited the country on official assignments.

She said the Hall of Fame would be one of the official places of call because it had added to the Nigerian story with women as major catalyst to national development.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Vintage Garba Masi, who were the first females to represent two states in the senate were among the 23 inductees into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

Other inductees included Hajiya Maryam Sanusi Dantata for Women and Youths empowerment, Flt. Lt. Blessing Liman, first female military pilot, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, first female judge of the appeal court, Dr Stella Adadevoh, for saving Nigeria from the spread of the Ebola virus, among others.

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Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria, has expressed her plan to establish a private university to be known as “Muhammadu Buhari University”.

She disclosed this on Saturday during a townhal meeting in Yola organized by her in collaboration with concern indigenes of Adamawa.

Aisha, who did not however reveal when or where the university would be sited, explained that the university would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.

Aisha who lamented the challenges facing education and various sectors in the state, called for active support of the state indigenes in complementing government efforts.

“I cannot conclude without suggesting how we can complement the efforts of government in achieving some of its developmental goals.

“On this note, I would like to advocate for the establishment of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized developmental projects can be financed and implemented,” she said.

Amb. Fati Ballah also called for reconciliation and forgiveness among the people of the state and the setting up of a committee to come up with a blueprint for the development of the state.

Alhaji Sadiq Daware, who spoke on agriculture at the meeting, noted that 80 per cent of the state land was arable and suitable for farming.

Daware added that with River Benue which passes through the state, the state has the potential for massive irrigation and all year round farming programmes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other speakers at the meeting include Prof. Shehu Iya of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, who spoke on education; Prof. Auwal Abubakar of Federal Medical Centre, Yola, who spoke on health; and Mrs Helen Mathias who spoke on women and youths.

Othersvare Mallam Umar Abubakar who spoke on security; Gen. Buba Marwa on drugs; Sen. Silas Zwingina on Good Governance, and Dr Umar Bindir who spoke on Poverty.

The meeting was also attended by politicians, particularly APC, PDP and ADC members in the state.

Talented Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham has been presented with an award of recognition from the wife of the President, Dr Mrs Aisha Buhari for her immense contribution to the development of Nigerian Entertainment Industry.

Toyin shared the news and picture of the award on her Instagram page. She also used the opportunity to appreciate her fans and dedicated the award to them.

 See her post below.

The magazine was unveiled during an award night dinner organized to mark the third year anniversary of her NGO, the Future Assured, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The theme of the event was tagged: “3 Years of service to Humanity”.

Awards were also be presented to deserving Nigerians who contributed to better the society.

The Senior Special Assistant (Administration) in the office of the wife of the President, Dr Hajo Sani, said the aimed of the magazine was showcase activities of Future Assured Programme in the last three

Sani said the Future Assured programme was born out of Mrs Buhari’s passion to improve the health and physical wellbeing of women and children in Nigeria.

She said that the Future Assured and the Aisha Buhari Foundation had over the years champion the course of the helpless and voiceless Nigerians.

According to Sani, Aisha Buhari also presented awards to few Nigerians who contributed to the success of the Project.

She said the wife of the President also encouraged Nigerians to stand against all forms of abuse.

In his remark, the National Coordinator of Future Assured Programme, Dr Mohammed Kamal, said the NGO had impacted on the lives of women and children through partnership with other development partners.

Kamal expressed special gratitude to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners for ensuring improved medical services to less privileged Nigerians.

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The Clinic is being built to complement the existing 17 bed Maternity ward at the Centre.

Aisha Buhari’s personal physician, Dr. Mohammed Kamal, while inspecting the project said, the clinic when completed will cater for the health need of the people of Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, Taraba as well as the neighbouring Cameroon Republic.

Kamal, said the clinic was built as part of Aisha Buhari’s commitment to improve the healthcare of women and children in Nigeria.

The inspection was conducted to ascertain the level of work so far done.

Kamal, conveying Aisha’s optimism, said the project would be completed and handed over before the end of the year.

The facility, which is being built through private partnership comprises of emergency operation ward, consultation rooms, ultra sound room, Antenatal and Gynaecology ward, pharmacy, laboratory as well as family planning units.

The facility, when completed, will have the capacity of attending to 200 patients.

The Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Prof. Auwal Abubakar, said, the new Antenatal complex will assist the Centre to adequately cater for the health needs of women and children.

Abubakar said that the existing maternal centre was over stretched due to the influx of patients within and outside the state.

He said that the new complex will go a long way in reducing the challenges faced by patients during emergencies.

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Wives of the President/VP, Aisha Buhari and Dolapo Osinbajo today visited Khadija Bashir, the 8-months-old baby who was raped when she was 6 months old, at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano.

Khadija Bashir was reportedly raped by the husband of her mother’s childless friend/neighbour.
The couple planned and raped the child because they were allegedly told it as the way they would get their own kids. She has now had surgeries because of the injuries she sustained during the rape.

The case is presently in court and the rapist has hired a number of lawyers to defend him.

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