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Aisha Buhari Warns Nigerians Against Paying Bribes to See Her & the President




Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has warned people against paying bribes to see her and President Buhari.

She gave the warning while hosting youths to a dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Saturday, Daily Independent reports.

Here are excerpts of what she said about the matter:

“I will like to inform you that in the past regime… whether it is true or false, only God knows… some people were going round and parading themselves as Personal Assistants.  If you wanted to see the First Lady, you will pay (between) $30,000 (and) $50,000. And if you are seeing the President, you will pay all that you have gathered in your lifetime.

This will not happen in our regime. Whoever asks you to give a single penny in the name of coming to see the President or his wife is not our staff. He is not an APC (All Progressives Congress) member. It is a lie, don’t be deceived…

There was nothing that people did not say about the past administration. It is not Jonathan that is not good, but the people around him.  So, the people that are going to be around Buhari have to be very careful because the election ended peacefully.”

We are praying and hoping that people around him should know that it took him 12 years to get to that position and they must know that they are coming to serve the masses, not Buhari in person.  It is the people that are around him that will determine the political health of our state.”

The First Lady also spoke about the need to formulate policies to curtail high divorce rates in the northern parts of the country as well as oppressive widowhood practices in the south.

“…Other problems like high rate of divorce in the North are a major setback for the Northern Nigeria. I think something has to be done. A guideline should be given on divorce.

“In the next four years if you are divorced in the North you can have what is called alimony. Whichever way our people may like to operate: whether based on religion or customarily, something has to be done on divorce in Northern Nigeria and the widowhood rights in the South.

“Because you have lost your husband, it will be like an end of the world for you.  Something has to be done about it customarily or in the modern way. The women from the southern part of the country can’t continue living under suppression or oppression just because they are widows.”


  1. Anon

    June 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    He who has ears, let him hear…

  2. tosintosade

    June 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    lol so some can pay that much to see someone


    • Warizdiz

      June 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Yep it does happen.

      But madam should leave Jonathan out of this. That regime is over. It is absolute claptrap to keep referring to the past regime. Elections are over.

    • Warizdiz

      June 15, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      The naivety on this blog is mind boggling. It also happen in the states too. As a matter of fact, all over the world. It is called facilitation fee. That is not to say it gets to those in whose names the fees were/ are collected. Let madam Buhari be deceiving herself. She will learn in due course. Same story went out about Turai when Yar Adua was President. Same will be peddled about her. What goes round comes round.

    • shade

      June 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Lmao!!! They must not have anything else to do with it. How about feeding the poor then..

  3. nene+

    June 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Madam why will you accuse Mrs Jonathan when you are not sure? @God knows!!! Why will a Nigerian of your level hear such and will not probe to reconfirm and speak authoritatively
    Is/was Patient Jonathan poor? does such money go to her? was it legal? I am so disappointed you will open your mouth and allow this escape through you publicly. Are you so same as some of your reckless supporters?

    I cant believe such cos i know its cheap and illegal. Madam i hope that you wont come crying when we believe every thing we hear about you and PMB.

    I wonder why APC still talk as opposition! Osibajo still talk as opposition and so the rest. You guys have been talking for the past three weeks. Dinner and Travelling govt..

    Madam 4 years is not 3 weeks and i just sympathize with you in advance what Nigerians will do with you.
    When Nigerian are through with you all those your friend who are singing your praise will abandon you.

    • Lol

      June 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      She never said that read well.

    • or

      June 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      @lol So surprised it was all over the news today on Tinubu’s Radio continental that Patience and Jonathan collects appearance fees! Where they artist?

      Its is completely wrong to allege and should be frowned at.

      Mrs Buhari my advise for you is to talk less. A lady is seen not heard.

    • Gbemi

      June 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Anty nene I know English is not your language but you should be able to read and understand simple English …. She said whether it’s true or not only God knows ,she is also said it was the people around the former president/wife that were collecting money but people around the new government should be careful and youth shouldn’t pay any one …

    • nene+

      June 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      She said government under her husband would be run differently from what was obtainable under Jonathan when people were allegedly asked to be paying huge amount of money in foreign currency before they could see the President or his wife.

      @ lol and Gbemi “I will like to inform you that in the past regime, whether it is true or false, only God knows, some people were going round and parading themselves as personal assistants.

      “If you wanted to see the President’s wife, you will pay $30,000 or $50,000 and if you are seeing the President, you will pay all that you have saved in your lifetime.

      “This will not happen in our regime. Whoever asks you to give a single penny in the name of coming to see the President or his wife is not our (member of) staff. He is not an APC member, it is a lie. Don’t be deceived,” she said.”

      My dear read the newspaper in full in English
      She labelled some one and said God Knows???????? God knows for such gross allegation???
      No i don’t tolerate here-say from a first lady.

    • Bruno teacher

      June 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Only an Olodo will believe such PEG and GEJ receives money to be seen
      Madam hair dresser we may have to question your night school certificate.

      Madam there will be a discount to teach you and Oga GMB

    • Beeeee

      June 15, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      nene+, i understand you jare. Reading is not just about seeing what is written, it is also about comprehension. Don’tmind them o. Which Nigerians sef will pay bribe to see which President? So as I am now, I will go and pay someone money to see President? Even to go and see Jonathan, i for no pay one dime. For what? The thing doesn’t even make sense. They should continue with their subtle insults at the GEJ administration, It wont last long. If it is an unconfirmed report, she should not have talked about it. Its just like me gossiping about someone and then ending the gossip by saying “anyway, I am praying for her”….

    • Onye

      June 15, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      My dear, read well before writing nonsense. And it is true, the people surrounding Goodluck were corrupt. Some were even trying it in this new regime so it’s good that she is warning people not to pay bribes.

    • BlueEyed

      June 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      @nene+ thank you very much for this comment and the one below. This woman is doing the most and it will only lead her in trouble.
      Madam First Lady, this your overly forward attitude and foolish jabs just reeks of blatant foolishness. When the chickens come to roost, I still hope you will have fans around you.

    • Charlotte O

      June 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      But it is true what she said! I wanted to see Patience for a business proposal and I was asked to dole out N3M if I was to see her! So what is wrong in what Mrs Buhari said? Stop behaving like an ostrich because of sentiments and face reality-ok?

    • Lobatan

      June 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      My friend, go and seat down or park well which ever one you like. Chicken dem gather for meeting, cockroach appear say im get idea. You wanted to see Patience Jonathan for a biz proposal. Did you see your LG chairman before heading for Abuja? You were lucky you did not hv 3M, otherwise, ur mumu for pay, dem maga for chop.

      If u see 3M, you no go know sef. People who operate at that level don’t hv time to type the kind of nonsense you just typed. See Patience in ur dream. I beg try see Aisha she say she no go collect money.


    • bea

      June 15, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      @ nene, you are an illiterate o. Did you really read the post you made a comment on.
      Biko, read am again and repost if you need to respond again.

      “This will not happen in our regime. Whoever asks you to give a single penny in the name of coming to see the President or his wife is not our staff. He is not an APC (All Progressives Congress) member. It is a lie, don’t be deceived…” All she is trying to get across is, if anyone asks for money to come see them, they should not pay or fall for that because they are being deceived.

      Na wa o!

    • bea teacher

      June 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

      @bea If you had tried to pass primary six your life would not have been like this?
      Sorry ooo. Try next time.
      Like Buhari like Supporter
      West Germany!!! chioo

  4. love changes d world

    June 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    this is wat i call looking for a problem to solve

  5. onetallgirl

    June 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I hope Buhari and Madame first lady will stick to this throughout the presidency.

  6. smiley

    June 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    it is not hear say. she only said that not to come on too strong. it happened! people paid to see Oga. And mama Peace collected it all!!!! and it she felt it wasnt enough she would chase u away like a dog!

    • cindy

      June 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you o smiley. My mum is a senior civil servant with the federal government. I don hear gist tire ehn. Make I keep my mouth shut.

    • shade

      June 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Lol @ Cindy #Shades# pls spill the tea jare

    • Anike

      June 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      Snr civil servants, big time thieves. Civil servants salary living like Dangote.

    • apc lies

      June 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      @Smiley not surprised at all from an apc agent.
      They where paying to you abi?
      Elenu rada rada

    • Charlotte O

      June 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      U see urself? So if one says the truth, the person is now an APC agent? Na wa 4 u! By the way, i’m PDP and YES, u had to pay through the nose to see madam. One of such collection centres was Jonathan’s nephew’s office on Monrovia St (former mtel), Wuse 2. Another point was going thru king Asara. Those are the few names I can give make I no blow cover!

  7. damsel

    June 15, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Why are u taking it personal?

    • Pat

      June 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      @Challote only corrupt people will pay such.

      So how much is it to see Remi Tinubu? kikikikikikikikiki

  8. Jojo

    June 15, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Good talk Aisha. that said, you are quickly becoming an attention center and always seem to be making policy statements of calling for policy changes or enactments. You want to change or make policy, run for an election and get nominated.!!!!!
    otherwise, stop interfering

  9. Okenwa Enyeribe--B. Pharm.

    June 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm


  10. Beeeee

    June 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I thought these people said there would be no office of the first lady as it was a way people were using to steal funds. So which Office, Ministry or Department funded this Dinner? I am asking o, because its easy to point fingers and insult people when you are outside. Now that they are inside, she has started delving into politics small small. I am loving this new definition of change sha…..

  11. [email protected]

    June 15, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you oh! As if it’s not common knowledge in Abuja. Don’t know about the GEJ one but I know for a fact that the Patience one is true! And the money actually went to her!

  12. pretty

    June 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    This is very true. i have heard exactly the same thing from uncles who are involved in government contracts about Jonathan’s administration. it is not a claim but a big fact that to see him or the wife you get to pay that much. Even Tompolo, the ex militant is one of the facilitators. The Wife, patience Jonathan was also a facilitator for her husband. You pay her if you want to see the former president. The fee differs if you want to see her or the president. VeryTrue

  13. fleur

    June 16, 2015 at 2:38 am

    I wanted to pass on this but I will stop and comment. Jonathan was very difficult to reach. He is a personal friend of a family I know. But he was difficult to reach, even to warn him or share ideas. He was unreachable. My friends tried all the while he was there. It was virtually impossible, unless you met him at a conference outside Nigeria. He had layers of people around him. He lived in a fortress of oblivion. He was censored by the people around him, his PAs and their PAs, all of whom profited from isolating him.. In isolating him, he could not connect with honest reality. In isolating him, they made him an exotic species for which high fees were required and cost him an election. So to Aisha Buhari, you are surrounded by Nigerians. The way this works is someone wants to see you and they are told to go to your PA. Your PA will determine who he or she will respond to. This in turn will begin to isolate you. Since you want the people to have access to you, what system have you created to facilitate this? who will check the system? At your level, access is very scarce. How will you stop greedy Nigerians from charging those fees? Will you have an email address to share with all of us? Will you check the email regularly? I appreciate what you want to do but as long as you have handlers and they are human + Nigerian, you will end up n Patience’s shoes unless you work tirelessly to prevent that.

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