Around the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, there are conflicting reports of Aisha Buhari’s whereabouts, while some express anxiety over her health others say that she has taken a stand against pressures put on her to support Buhari and go against her earlier promise not to support her husband’s come back bid if he does not change his ways.
All these are coming in light of her loud absence from campaigs for President Muhammadu Buhari in recent times as his re-election bid forges ahead.
Some reports have it that she is currently abroad for medical reasons, while others have it that she has simply stopped supporting Buhari, however; her office has refused to confirm or deny any of these reports.
When contacted, Aisha Buhari’s media aid, Suleiman Haruka, said he did not have any comments.
“Honestly, honestly, I don’t have any comment on that. People have been calling me. I don’t have any comment on that,”
However; a presidency source explained that the president’s wife has not been seen campaigning for her husband “because she is ill”.
“For about two weeks now, you will observe that the president’s wife has not been campaigning. She is ill and she has travelled abroad for treatment,”
Recall that earlier in the month, Buhari’s wife set up a 700-member team for her husband’s second term bid.
The large team, mainly made up of women, was inaugurated by the president on January 4 at Aso Rock. At the event, she explained that her team would serve as a support to the main campaign council co-chaired by Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“It will operate as a sister body with necessary legwork and outreach and will mobilise women and youths across the country,” the president’s wife said.
She then led her team to a rally in Kano state on January 5, but that was about the last time she was seen in public working for her husband’s reelection bid. On January 12, her team arrived Owerri, Imo state, to campaign but she was absent. Aisha was represented by Dolapo, co-chairperson of the team and wife to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Aisha Buhari has in the past expressed her criticism of some Buhari’s inner circle openly, Nigerians are watching to see if indeed she is sick and on her way to recovery or if she has taken a stand against Buhari’s re-election bid.
Time will tell.