Come Without Phones, Aisha Buhari Invites Tinubu, Osinbajo, Atiku, Saraki, Obi, Others To Closed-door Meeting

Come Without Phones, Aisha Buhari Invites Tinubu, Osinbajo, Atiku, Saraki, Obi, Others To Closed-door Meeting

  • Presidential aspirants from all political parties have been invited to an Iftar dinner at the State House Conference Centre
  • The rather rare invitation came from the first lady and wife of President Buhari, Aisha, on Thursday, April 21
  • All other invitees except Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and ministers are to come to the venue without their mobile phones

Abuja - The wife of President Muhammadu Buhari and first lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has invited presidential aspirants across political parties to an Iftar dinner at the Presidential Villa on Saturday, April 23.

As contained in the invitation card seen by Leadership, the event will commence by 6:30 pm at the State House Conference Centre.

Aisha Buhari
The invitees are not to come with their phones (Photo: Aisha Buhari)
Source: Facebook

The card also instructed invitees to come without their mobile phones, but with the invite which will guarantee entry into the venue.

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However, Aliyu Abdullah, the special assistant to the president on media and publicity, office of the First Lady, clarified that the phone use prohibition does not apply to the vice president and ministers.

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Abdullah explained that the instruction is not strange but simply the usual security and standard protocol at Presidential Villa, Abuja, Punch reports.

He said:

“There is nothing here. This is a standard operational protocol in the Villa when you are having either of the three occupants of the Presidency. If they are coming for an event, this is supposed to be DSS enforced.
“Whether the president is having an event or the Vice President is having an event or the First Lady is having an event, because outsiders will come. That’s the security and standard protocol.
“That does not apply to the Vice President. How can you expect that to apply to the Vice President or even to ministers?”

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Meanwhile, Aisha was in the Senate chambers to witness the laying of the report of the constitution review committee.

The upper chamber delayed the submission of the report during its plenary on Wednesday, waiting for the arrival of the first lady.

Aisha was accompanied to the chamber by the minister of women affairs, Pullen Tallen, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, and some personal aides attached to her office.


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