The Presidency has described Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State attempt to link President Buhari’s wife, Aisha, to US Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009 as laughable.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidency would have ordinarily ignored Fayose because he was a man “childishly obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his incurably boorish instincts,” but chose to because of innocent Nigerians who might be misled by Mr. Fayose’s shameless and blatant distortion of facts.
In a press statement signed by Mr Shehu, Aisha had no direct, indirect or the remotest connection with William Jefferson’s corruption scandal in the United States.
He further dared Mr. Fayose to tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly, but ignorantly shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination had any relationship by blood or any relationship in whatever form with President Buhari’s wife.
Mr Shehu added that though Fayose was entittled to free speech that does not include the right to falsely accuse innocent people of crimes they knew nothing about.
Aisha Buhari, according to the media aide was entitled to protect her reputation from being recklessly maligned, adding that political opposition was not a licence to attack people’s reputation brazenly without legal consequences.