- First Lady, Aisha Buhari has reportedly returned to Nigeria
- The wife of the president made her last public appearance in September 2020 during the wedding of her daughter
- Aisha was said to have returned to the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, March 17
Legit.ng gathered that sources told the newspaper that the president's wife, who quietly relocated abroad after Hanan, one of her daughters, got married in September 2020, is currently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The report noted that she was said to have returned to the country on the night of Wednesday, March 17.
There were concerns over her whereabouts during the long absence but the presidency avoided making comments on the issue.
According to the report, one of Hajiya Aisha’s aides, Kabiru Dodo, finally opened up on the current absence in Jalingo, Taraba state capital, in December 2020.
Dodo, who spoke on the development while presenting some items to widows on behalf of the president’s wife, faulted the report that the First Lady left the country because of rising insecurity.
Dodo had said:
“The First Lady travelled for her medical trip, she did not flee the country because of insecurity. What people are saying is baseless and worth nothing to be considered.
“I want to tell the whole world that I do speak to her daily and she is ready to return to the country as soon as she is done with the medical treatment abroad.”
The newspaper also stressed that it is not clear if she has finally returned to the country or if she is in Nigeria on a temporary basis.
It is reported that a book written in her honour, would be launched in a few weeks from now, adding that it is unknown if that is the reason she returned to the country.
The special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Office of the First Lady, Aliyu Abdullahi, however, said that he did not know anything about the return of the president's wife to Nigeria.
The Nation also reported that First Lady Aisha Buhari is back in the country after spending six months in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Premium Times stated that sources in the Presidential Villa confirmed that the First Lady returned in the morning of Thursday, March 18.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Aisha Buhari called on stakeholders to put an end to the mass abductions of women and girls by bandits and insurgents.
It was reported that Aisha made the call in a statement she issued via her Twitter account to mark International Women’s Day.
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