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Aisha Buhari Calls Fayose ‘Mad Dog’

First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari
Posted: Jun 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has become embroiled in a spat with Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State over corruption allegations.

The spat began after Fayose, accused her of involvement in a bribery scandal involving former United States Congressman William J. Jefferson.

In 2009, Jefferson was found guilty of 11 counts of corruption and was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment.

The court found that he took around $500,000 in bribes and an account in the name of Aisha Buhari in Nigeria was cited in the sentencing memorandum as one of the accounts from which transfers to Jefferson were made.

The presidency has dismissed the allegations. Garba Shehu spokesman to the president characterised them as those of a man “childishly obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his incurably boorish instincts.”

Shehu said that the president’s wife had no connection to the Jefferson case and challenged Fayose to provide evidence to the contrary.

Ibrahim Lamorde, former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said that the Aisha Buhari cited in the memorandum is not the same woman as the current president’s wife.

Fayose made the allegations after the EFCC froze one of his personal accounts.

A tweet was sent from Aisha Buhari’s verified Twitter account on Tuesday evening apparently responding to Fayose’s allegations was quoted as saying  “Enough is enough Fayose. A mad dog that isn’t chained. I refuse to keep quiet.”