PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING: AISHA BUHARI QUENCHES FAKE NEWS RUMOR AS SHE ARRIVES FROM UK
The wife of Nigerian President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has denied any ill-blood and animosity between her and her husband, which allegedly forced her to stay away from the country for an unusually extended period.
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Nigerians took to social media with a viral claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to marry a second wife. The originators of the application attributed it to undisclosed sources from the presidency. They also claimed that the alleged marriage ceremony would be taking place today, Friday, October 11, after Abuja’s Jumat services.
It was purported that the woman the President will marry is the minister for the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
One of the minister’s latest tweets on the rumored day of the wedding shows that she is currently not in Nigeria, so one wonders why the supposed bride is in the U.S. and not in Nigeria for the ceremony but on her ministerial assignment with the United Nations.
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When President Muhammadu Buhari turned up at the jummat prayer at the Presidential Villa Mosque on Friday, many Nigerians were probably eagerly waiting to see him take the Sadiya Farouq as his second wife. It perhaps explained the presence of many worshippers at the mosque, hoping to witness the ‘wedding.’
However, that never happened, which put to rest rumors that the President would marry the 44 – year- old minister on Friday at the Central Mosque, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja at 2 pm.
PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING: Attached to some of the wedding rumors on Twitter and Facebook was an invitation card
The originators of the claim also leaked an outdated video of the First Lady. They accused that she made an unannounced return to Nigeria in the eve of the nuptial knot only to find herself locked up in her quarters.
The old, faceless, and undated video recording showed her in distress purportedly for being locked up in her apartment at the cabals’ presidential villa.
The first lady was officially received at the Airport by the wife of Kogi state governor, Rashida Bello, senior special assistant to the President (administration), Dr. Hajo Sani, and wife of former governor of Nasarawa state, Mairo Al-Makura, among others.
Shortly after her return to Abuja on Sunday, she told Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, that she was in the United Kingdom to be with her children and ensure their wellbeing.
PRESIDENTIAL WEDDING: AISHA BUHARI QUENCHES FAKE NEWS RUMOR
She said this was not unusual as she has always traveled out for vacation for six weeks every year to see her doctors.
” It has been a tradition for us. For like 20 to 27 years now, if our children are on holiday, we used to spend the holiday with them.
” I never abandon my children, and last year, I went to Spain and spent two months with Zahra when she gave birth.
“So, the same this year’s holiday in the U.K., I fell sick. So, I stayed back to see a doctor, and the doctor advised me to stay again to attend to my health.
” From the U . K . , I travelled to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and return traveled on doctor’ s advice, and they also advised that I slow down my activities.”
She expressed gratitude to almighty God for journey mercy back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom after her doctor advised a medical.
Before her departure to the United Kingdom, she promised Nigerian citizens a significant promise as the country celebrates its 59th independence anniversary on Tuesday, October 1.
The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari said in a series of tweets that she is restating her commitment to improving the lives of Nigerians with Aisha Buhari Foundation and Future Assured Programs. She also pleaded with other Nigerians and organizations with the means to do so to join her in helping to improve the lives of less-privileged citizens.
On Sunday, Mrs. Buhari ridiculed the rumors down to fake news, negative impacts of which she said her family has endured in the past—meaning that it does no good to anyone and urged relevant stakeholders to stem the act.
“The genesis of this fake news started when my husband fell sick, and perpetrators of this act showed fake Ambulance, Hospital, and a dead body, suggesting that my husband is dead.
“That time, I received so many calls from other first ladies and presidents of other countries to confirm, so I called the attention of NCC, NBC, and the National Orientation Agency.
” Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect.” Mrs. Buhari said
Meanwhile, during her absence, the special adviser to the President on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina described the wedding as a deceptive maneuver by those who reportedly fabricated it.
Nigeria Tribune reports that Adesina confirmed no marriage is taking place at the Presidential Villa, as stated in the viral claim.
According to the Newspaper, another presidency source who asked not to be named told them that there was no wedding taking place at the Presidential Villa. Neither was the President preparing for any wedding. The source said the claim is entirely false.