I Didn’t Benefit Directly From Money Spent During Visit to UK – Mrs Buhari

Mrs. Aisha Buhari has challenged an online paper to carry out detailed investigation into the £3,500 said to have been spent for whatever reason by the Nigerian High Commission during her visit to UK to see if the money was directly linked to her.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife threw the challenge on Sunday, while reacting to the allegation that the High Commission in UK spent the said monies during her visit.
She noted that she was never a direct beneficiary of the said money.
She also disclosed that £32,000 was spent in the past by the Nigerian High Commission in the UK as landing fees for private just each time former First Ladies visited.
She said the money spent on the lounge when she visited the UK was a far cry from what was obtainable during the past administrations.
Mrs. Buhari said this in a statement made available to journalists by her Special Assistant on Media, Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi.
She was reacting to another report by the online news portal, accusing her of fleecing the Nigerian High Commission and abuse of privilege whenever she travelled to UK.
The First Lady said the continuous publication of what she called unfounded stories by the news portal against her was becoming a great concern.
She said the “purported internal memo within the Consulate” quoted in the news report had no direct link to her, saying the new accusation, had still not been able to substantiate where she made any direct contact with the mission for anything.
The statement stated: “The High Commission has its internal administrative procedure, and it is not within the purview of the wife of the President to ask for diplomatic files.
“Furthermore, that the said memo showed little or no knowledge of Her Excellency’s itinerary proves the simple fact we earlier submitted that she had no direct business with the embassy to warrant the accusation of waste or corruption insinuated in the report.
“Part of the wife of the President’s trips abroad are for her NGO, which is not funded by the Government, and It is not uncommon to have stop over in Britain like any other country as the case may be.
“According her VIP treatment is simple protocol for a personality of her status, which is done all over the world, and at no point was she offered anywhere else.
“The High Commission provided the lounge and Hajiya Buhari was not involved in the transaction.
“This is even a far cry from the £32,000 expended in the past as landing fees for private jets of former first ladies.”
Mrs. Buhari also said attending an international women function with the gvernors’ wives could not have been linked to the bogus allegation of corruption made by the paper, adding the trips were duly approved.

Author: News Editor

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