Haliburton scandal: Presidency denies first lady’s link to US lawmaker

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The Presidency has denied Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose’s claims suggesting that the Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha has a link to a US Congressman, Mr. William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009.

Reacting to the claim in a statement issued on Tuesday via the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency described Fayose’s claim as laughable and childish.

In the statement obtained by BLACKFACE, Shehu said ordinarily the Presidency would have ignored Fayose because he was a man obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines however it (The Presidency) chose to respond for the sake of Nigerians who might be misled by the governor’s shameless and blatant distortion of facts.

Setting the records straight, Shehu maintained that Hajis Aisha had no direct, indirect or the remotest connection with William Jefferson’s corruption scandal in the United States.

He challenged Fayose to tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly, but ignorantly shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination had any relationship by blood or any relationship in whatever form with President Buhari’s wife.

Shehu also challenged Mr. Fayose to produce evidence from the records of investigation and subsequent trial of Jefferson to prove that Mr. Buhari’s wife Aisha was in anyway linked to that scandal.

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