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.”