Aisha Buhari with the President, Major General Muhamamdu Buhari (retd.), after a trip from Turkey on Sunday
Amid pregnancy rumours, the wife of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Aisha, has ordered all members of her staff to proceed on an indefinite leave.
This was announced in a terse statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Health and Development Partners in the First Lady’s office, Mohammed Kamal.
Buhari, 79, was in Turkey with Aisha, 50, between December 16 and 19, 2021 when they attended the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.
Photos of the President’s wife released by the Presidency after the trip had sparked pregnancy rumours as she was pictured to have cradled what looked like a bump.
PUNCH‘s efforts to get the comments of Aisha’s spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi; and another aide working with the President’s wife, Suleiman Haruna, proved abortive on Monday. While Abdullahi’s phone was unreachable and a text message sent to his line was not responded to as of press time, Haruna declined comments on the matter when our correspondent contacted him.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Kamal said the First Lady ordered the members of staff in her office to proceed on an indefinite leave and continue work virtually.
The statement, posted on the verified Instagram handle of the President’s wife, read, “This serves to inform all members of staff that the office of the First Lady will be closed for the upcoming festive period of Christmas and New Year.
“To this end, all staff members are requested to proceed on leave, until further notice.
Please note that official engagements and work can also continue virtually as it was done previously.
“Her Excellency appreciates and thanks all staff members for their commitment and hard work and wishes all a happy festive period ahead.”
The PUNCH had earlier reported that Aisha, who is reportedly a mother of five children, was away in Dubai for about six months till March 2021 when she returned to the country.
She had been vocal in her criticism of the regime of her husband, especially regarding the insecurity ravaging the country.