The “Aisha Buhari “Halliburton confusion has taken a dramatic twist, as the lady who shares the same name with the President Buhari’s wife, and whose passport was circulated, said she was not the person referred to in the bribery scandal. She claims that some Nigerian officials forged her passport.
Fingers now point at ex-EFCC boss, Ibrahim Lamorde, who had said that the president’s wife was not the Aisha Buhari named in the scandal and even circulated a passport of the US-based Aisha Buhari.
Ms Buhari, speaking exclusively with The Street Journal Tuesday night June 21, said she was never involved in the Halliburton scandal.
“I have never done anything with Halliburton. I don’t know the colour of the company. I am not in the line of business with Halliburton, so linking me with the bribery is wicked” she said. “They are desperate to cover their dirty track and link my name with the scandal that they have to first of all steal my passport. My passport was stolen early this year. And to give credibility to their story, details from the passport were used. They should come to the US, to find out If they are curious about the case”, she said.
Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose on June 22 challenged the wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, to prove her innocence in the Halliburton scam by travelling to the United States. Curiously, one wonders why it was President’s Buhari’s son and daughter who joined his historic visit to President Barack Obama, and not his wife, Aisha.
Fayose had on June 20 said that the President’s wife was the person allegedly indicted by a US Court for transferring $170,000 to indicted US Congressman, Williams Jefferson, in the Halliburton scandal.
Though several sources including some media organizations said she was not the one implicated, Fayose insisted that Aisha Buhari had more to reveal than she had agreed to, stressing that, that was why she had refused to travel with her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, on the three occasions he had visited the US since assuming power.
He added that rather than attend a conference to which she was invited, Hajia Buhari sent Toyin, the wife of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
But then again, it is difficult to trust Fayose’s statements against Buhari’s administration and Buhari’s wife. Firstly, he is the unofficial #1 Buhari/APC hater on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Secondly, upon the recent freezing of his account by the EFCC, he claimed that the billions found in his account were campaign proceeds from Zenith Bank and not Dasukigate – like seriously?
However, Zenith Bank has denied Fayose’s claims. Here is a tweet confirming the denial…