Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that she has not accepted gifts since becoming wife of the president and did not have plans to change that position.
Mrs Buhari was speaking at the unveiling of a new campaign against corruption tagged, “Women Against Corruption” in the administrative capital, Abuja, today, the Vanguard news portal reports. The campaign was under the aegis of the country’s anti-corruption outfit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“People have been trying to bring some gift items to me but I have not been collecting them. Right from when I was campaigning with the Wife of the Vice President for our husbands, we did not take a dime from anyone and we have continued like that till today.
“I have never collected any gift and I am not ready to do so even in the future,” she said, and received thunderous applause from the audience made up of top government officials, outstanding Nigerians women and businessmen.
Her husband came to power on the back of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with the promise to tackle issues of security, corruption and the economy. Since Buhari came to power, a number of high ranking officials of the last government have been arrested and arraigned before the courts for financial crimes.
In a video posted on her twitter handle, Aisha Buhari is seen urging women in Africa’s most populous bation to support the government in its fight against corruption. She made news headlines months back when she threatened to withdraw support for her husband over issues in his government.
In response to her ‘threat,’ Buhari on a visit in Germany stated that she (Aisha) belonged basically to the house and that he maintained superior political knowledge over her.