Corruption: First lady Aisha Buhari, to tow different path from Dame Jonathan

By Post Nigeria June 15, 2015 12:15

Corruption: First lady Aisha Buhari, to tow different path from Dame Jonathan

Mrs Aisha Buhari has warned politicians and aides in the current dispensation to steer clear of any behavior and scheming that will smear the good name of her husband and make nonsense of the 12 long years put in to get President Muhammadu Buhari to the Presidency.

Mrs. Buhari who spoke while hosting women and youths of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to an honorary dinner at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, referenced the previous administration, which was rumored to been riddled with corrupt aides, stating emphatically that such “practices” will not be condoned.

    “There was nothing that people did not say about the past administration. It is not former President Goodluck Jonathan that is not good but the people around him.

    “So, the people that are going to be around President Buhari have to be very careful because this election ended peacefully.”

    “I will like to inform you that in the past regime, whether it is true or false, only God knows, some people were going round and parading themselves as personal assistants.

    “If you wanted to see the President’s wife, you will pay $30,000 or $50,000 and if you are seeing the President, you will pay all that you have saved in your lifetime.

    “This will not happen in our regime. Whoever asks you to give a single penny in the name of coming to see the President or his wife is not our (member of) staff. He is not an APC member, it is a lie. Don’t be deceived,” she said.

She maintained that those appointed to serve must recognize and fulfill the mandate to serve Nigerians, not the President.

    “We are praying and hoping that people around him should know that it took him 12 years to get to that position and they must know that they are coming to serve the masses, not General Buhari.

    “It is the people that are around him that will determine the political health of our state.”

She spoke on her decision to be involved in her husband’s last campaign for the Presidency, how it contributed to winning votes and summarily dismissed perceptions of gender-bias and insensitivity by her husband.

    “Many people did not know why I was not appearing for the last three campaigns. I appeared only this time and I think it made a lot of difference. A lot of people said my husband earned four million votes as a result of my campaign.

    “My husband is a gender-sensitive human being,” she continued, “having so many girls as his own biological children and then having me as a wife, then you can see the generation gap. He allowed me to go to school. To cut the story short, he is the pillar of my success.”

She bemoaned the paltry representation of women in the current National Assembly compared to the preceding one and urged women to step up in their drive to influence policy decisions that will impact them positively.

She concluded by appreciating the numerous women and youths who worked assiduously at ensuring the President’s victory at the elections, and advocated for drastic steps to be taken to address the plight of widows across the country and tackle the issue of female harassment in higher institutions.