The controversy generated by the report that the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has relocated out of the country took a new turn on Tuesday as Aliyu Abdullahi, SSA to the President on Media and Publicity (Office of the First Lady), declined comment on his principal’s whereabout.
About a fourth night ago, an online news agency had reported that Mrs Aisha Buhari had moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Aliyu Abdullahi who appeared as guest on a live broadcast in a private national television begged the question on the whereabout of Aisha Buhari, saying instead that he was not invited to the show to discuss the privacy of the first lady.
“I am sorry, this is not part of what I was actually invited here to discuss in your studio.
“I will not be speaking on that because it is not part of what we agreed for me to come and discuss. So, let us leave that issue out of the interview please,” Abdullahi said.
And doubling down on the question, the host presenter informed Aisha’s aide that the news was already in public domain and it was important for him to clear the air on the controversy trailing her whereabout.
The presenter added that the information he would provide would help Nigerians make informed discussions should the issue arises.
Abdullahi maintained his earlier position, insisting that Mrs Buhari was entitled to her private life.
“Let me say it this way again, the first lady, although married to the President, nevertheless, she is a citizen of this country who is entitled to her own right to privacy.
“If she chooses not to speak on a particular subject at any point in time, she is entitled to her own right to privacy and that is where I wish to leave that issue as of now. That is her own right, and she did not choose to speak at this time.”
According to the online report, the first lady left Nigeria in September after the wedding of her daughter and does not plan to return to the country anytime soon.
The report as well connects her movement to a claim credited to her that the Aso Rock Villa was no longer secure for her family, following the shooting incident which occurred in June this year.