Mrs Aisha Buhari has denied an online report that she and her entourage were always given special treatment by the Nigerian High Commission during her visits to London.
She said the High Commission had never catered for her needs during the trips based on her husband’s position that public offices must be separated from the private lives of the occupants.
In a statement on Friday Buhari’s wife denied the report that she took advantage of her position and, with others in her husband’s government.
The online news portal had on Thursday reported that the High Commission spends a minimum of £7,000 for hospitality on each of Mrs. Buhari’s trips to the UK, with the President’s wife visiting at least seven times in 2016.
In her reaction through Mrs Adebisi Olumide-Ajayi, her Special Assistant on Media in Abuja on Friday, Mrs Buhari said it was not expedient to join issues with the medium but that she only wanted to keep the record straight.
“This is necessary as it concerns her trip to UK and the Nigerian High Commission in London. Mrs Buhari had never traveled with a large entourage to London as reported by the Sahara Reporters.
“The Nigerian High Commission in London had never offered any favour either in cash or material to Mrs Buhari,” the statement said adding that the records were clear for any reporter to see.
“Mrs Buhari would have ignored the publication like all such baseless accusations, but for the angle with which the report was presented has a corruption and abuse of privileges connotation.
“This, however, negates the fundamental principles upon which Buhari’s administration thrives.
“It is on record that the Nigerian High Commission in London did not receive Aisha Buhari at the airport with any official distinction or privilege as it was accorded other first ladies before her.
“She never complained or raised dust about any of these act by the High Commission because of the understanding as clearly spelt out and practised by her husband that public office must be separated from the private lives of the occupants.
“Even her drivers are privately arranged without any recourse to embassy for staff,” she added.
“The Nigerian Commission in London has never offered any favour either monetarily or materially to her (the President’s wife) or her so-called entourage on any of her trips to London.
“The State House in Abuja caters for her meal when necessary, and other healthy food or variety needed by her children are her personal responsibility.
“She has always been an advocate of good governance where officials of government are responsive and appealing to their constituents, it therefore baffles the imagination that one could believe she would corroborate with any government official however highly placed either at home or abroad to shortchange the Nigerian people.”
The President’s wife said the report which suggested corruption and abuse of privileges clearly negates the fundamental principle upon which the present administration thrives.
She challenged the authors of the report or any member of the staff of the High Commission to provide concrete evidence to contradict her position as it concerns her trips to London.
She said “they should come up with the true position of things as it concerns her London trips if not for her reputation and that of her family, but for the sake of good Nigerians who deserve to know the truth at all times.”