President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of new sets of aides for his wife, Aisha. The appointments are with immediate effect.
The appointments were announced in a statement issued on Wednesday by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna.
According to Punch NG, The appointees are Dr. Mairo Almakura, Special Assistant (African First Ladies Peace Mission); Muhammed Albishir, Special Assistant (Organisation of African First Ladies for Development); and Wole Aboderin, Special Assistant (Non-Governmental Organisations).
Meanwhile, Aisha has apologized to her children, immediate family members and Nigerians over the embarrassment that an online video had caused.
The first lady tendered her apology during a solidarity visit from the head of states of various states who came to show their solidarity and support for the embattled first lady. The first lady also advised the other first ladies not to be distracted by elements on the internet and social media, here is how Aisha Buhari apologized:
I am happy to have received the wife of the vice president, governors wives, senate president’s wife & senators’ Wives, speaker’s wife & wives of members’ of the house of reps, who paid me a courtesy visit after my return. I use the opportunity to commend them for the good work they are doing in their various states and in collaboration with my Future Assured program. I also advise them not to succumb to any form of distraction caused by social media or any form of communication
I use the opportunity to apologise for the embarrassment I might have caused my children, my immediate family members, well meaning Nigerians and the institution I represent, on the circulated leaked video clip.
Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
She also pledged to construct a regional secretariat for the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
The AFLPM, which was established after the Beijing Conference of 1995, has been in the custody of Nigeria, with leadership rotating among African First Ladies.
The First Lady, according to a statement issued by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, stated this during a solidarity visit by governors’ wives from the 36 states to the Presidential Villa.
“Commenting on the videos circulating on social networks, [Aisha] Buhari extended her apology to her children, her immediate family members and all well-meaning Nigerians over the embarrassment that the videos had caused,” the statement said.
She also expressed appreciation to the President for approving a new set of aides to assist her in carrying out her various responsibilities.
Earlier, First Lady of Borno state, Falmata Umara Zulum, representing Northern First Ladies Forum and Betsy Obaseki, representing Southern First Ladies Forum spoke during the occasion.
Zulum said they were at the Villa to welcome her back after a long absence, and expressed their unalloyed loyalty and support to her initiatives, especially through the Future Assured Programme, which she said has made her a role model even to other African women.
On her part, Obaseki said they received news of the First Lady’s return with great excitement, praying God to continue to protect her.