#SoundOff: 9 Troubling Issues About Aisha Buhari’s US Visit

#SoundOff: 9 Troubling Issues About Aisha Buhari’s US Visit

By Ena Ofugara | Op-Ed Contributor on August 6, 2016
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Nigeria's first lady, Aisha Buhari arrives Washington DC, US on Thursday, August 4, 2016 | APC Photo

I have a few things to say about Aisha Buhari’s visit to the United State of America.

First, why isn’t Mrs. Buhari tweeting her visit or of the presidential spokespersons – Shehu Garba or Femi Adesina? Why aren’t any of the official Aso Rock channels talking about this special US visit in any way, shape or form?

While I do not discountenance its veracity or lack thereof of the Aisha Buhari US visit, I would love to see her at places I can recognize as a resident of Washington DC for four years.

The events making rounds that Mrs. Buhari attended in the US are untrue. All official events of any credible organisation are now uploaded online. This is the first lady of the most populous black nation we are talking about. Every organisation should be proud to be hosting her.

It is also curious that the Nigerian Embassy in the United State has no record of Aisha Buhari’s visit. The US Embassy in Nigeria doesn’t have any mention or record of Aisha Buhari’s visit.

Please note that I am not saying she did not visit the United State. These are just curious sequences of events surrounding a controversial figure such as Mrs. Buhari. The scandal that must have led to this harried trip should have been a reason for her to make her trip less clandestine and more credibly reported.

We have ThisDay, Punch, even her kinsman’s newspaper, Premium Times, and a host of US media, and yet it is the disreputable BLOG (that is what SaharaReporters is) that carried the news of Aisha Buhari’s US visit… EXCLUSIVELY!?

Every single news outlet reporting the first lady’s visit to the US is citing SaharaReporters as their source. This is odd.

How about arranging a townhall meeting with Nigerian women in Washington DC? Would that help to “cool Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State down?

In any case, no matter how you wish to approach the matter of Aisha Buhari being named in the Williams Jefferson bribery case, we know that Mrs. Buhari travelled with a diplomatic passport which puts her in the clear of being arrested by US authorities.

Still yet, it would be nice to our first lady visit the Martin Luther King Statue or something even close to an official US monument.

Ena Ofugara studied law in the University of Benin for some years before leaving Nigeria for the United States where he is studying while working. He has a passion for Nigeria. He has a clear bias for his people of the Niger Delta and he believes the Nigerian system – justice, social, economic – is rigged against his people. So he became a social and political commentator to highlight this injustice. Connect with him on Facebook

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