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Aisha Buhari delivering a speech at an event at George Mason University

Aisha Buhari delivering a speech at an event at George Mason University

Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America (VOA), has said she is in the United States of America to hold discussions with aid organizations on how to help the women and children facing starvation in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, PREMIUM TIMES reports.

“Our children in the various camps are in dire situation and the government alone cannot do it, we have to get help,” she said.

She said that she was at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to set up a plant in Nigeria for production of aid packages containing nut-related supplements. She said that the packages are produced in Nigeria and it will be good to have a plant in the country.

She said that the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had been shipping the packages to Nigeria. “It often takes between 6-8 weeks for these things to be shipped to Nigeria, before they arrive, many children would have died, so I suggested to them (USIP) to set up the manufacturing plant in the country if they really want to help is,” she added.

On her lawsuit against Governor Fayose of Ekiti state, she said she instituted legal action against the governor because he has been insulting her and her family, and raising false allegations against her.

“At the time, he was not the only one insulting us, but people felt that it was just campaign. After the election, which we won and they lost, everyone else moved on except him and he extended his insults to me.

I did not run for president. I am a married woman and I have never called his name. I never knew him. But as governor and chief executive, he kept insulting and raising false allegations against me, I have to respond and I decided to go to court.

He made allegations over what he said I did here in the US, even though I have never met the people he mentioned,” she said

On funding for the trip, PREMIUM TIMES reports that Aisha Buhari said that personal funds and sponsorship grants were used. “We sponsored even the government officials that came with us on this trip,” she said.

“All that we (First Ladies) are doing is to help our husbands. For instance someone can decide to give me Indomie or Maggie, which he cannot give to the president, women need these things.

In any state where a governor’s wife is irrelevant such as Yobe, you will notice that the women are suffering. Whenever we get such gifts, we don’t keep them but share to those in need,” she added

The first lady also had a roundtable discussion with Project CURE, the world’s largest distributors of medical donations to developing countries.

Watch the documentary on her visit by TVC below:

Photo Credit: Instagram – @buhari.sallau

51 Comments

  1. HII

    August 6, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Zahra, am so sure you read comments on blogs, especially on posts linked to you or you family.
    pleaseeeee recite your mothers speeches with her.. teach her how certain words are being pronounced.. help your mother.. she looks so pretty but speaks so poorly.. shes not confident, and that means she doesnt know what shes saying….she keeps glancing on her notes and actually started reading it out and shes just 45,..
    its so shameful..your father is so tongue tied and your mother who is “supposedly” educated and exposed cant talk!!!
    how does she pronounce “Hermes” when she goes bag shopping?…. whats that shes doing with her hand?
    am sure thats why you are there.. please help her more.

    • missnk

      August 8, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      my dear, you will ask if the zahra herself can speak properly. I watched a video of her sister’s wedding on youtube where she was interviewed and i was surprised.
      what she needs is a professional, I don’t know how aso rock has not realised this

  2. funnycountry!!!

    August 6, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    lmaooo!!! and this womans daughter ranted during elections.. while her own mum is a piece of work…lol and she said there are just 1.6 (instead of 1.6 million) children suffering here. lol.. Confidence zero..tongue tied family
    please just stay pretty and close your mouth ma. we love u when we dont hear u.

  3. Ben

    August 6, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    its sad to see pretty people who cant speak well. And she wrote a book.
    its soooo sad. Maybe Osibanjo s wife and Saraki s wife can be representing her more.

  4. ...just saying

    August 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Lol! You went to beg for funds and you carried a $60,000 bag? Bye Felicia

    • marlvina

      August 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      So you expect her to go looking sick and wretched? Presentation matters! After all she’s asking for funds for the Nigerian people and not herself.

    • www.uberhautelooks.blogspot.com

      August 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Very daft marlvina! Madam Buhari, but you aren’t the first lady now, why collect maggi and indomie? By the way that’s indomie which is how much compared to your excessively expensive bag….thought this woman has something upstairs.
      Kindly fire your pr team asap

    • Pippa

      August 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

      You this Marlvina, you have never said anything sensible on this site. Who said she has to look wretched? Can’t she look nice and presentable in reasonably priced attire? You are from a 3rd world country, asking for funds from the US and you are holding a $60k bag. Yet when David Cameron says you are “fantastically corrupt” you will complain. Why won’t the Western Media say we have corrupt leaders? This is the types of things they see that makes them think that! At least let her hold Prada Saffiano or Fendi Peekaboo, noooooo, she had to “show them” by carrying Birkin. Madam “I have arrived” syndrome. You Marlvina as you run your mouth, is the economy working for you? Are you finding things easy? That you’re supporting her for holding a Birkin

    • lacey

      August 8, 2016 at 2:58 am

      @ Marlvina you need help!I guess you are Zahra!Oh My God!1.6 Children! This is so bad!I am so ashamed for this Woman! Patience better by this one by far! The cost of the Hermes bag don cure this problem na!Chei Nja is in trouble!According to my Igbo friends!serious Nsogbu! I see Buhari’s impeachment before this year runs out!

    • good girl

      August 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      do you know what a 60k usd bag looks like at all….. didn’t think so

    • kikiki

      August 7, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Your ignorance stinks bad girl.

    • Fleur

      August 7, 2016 at 4:18 am

      Ndeed and she clearly has beef with yobe state governor

  5. slice

    August 6, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    The yobe wife is irrelevant? Pls explain

    • nwa nna

      August 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      @slice, Ha! I thought I misunderstood what I read,wow! A first lady of a country calling a governor’s wife irrelevant.. Aisha Buhari sounds very condescending and uncouth for a supposedly humble woman as she has been sold to Nigerians public.. I remember reading a comment here on BN that was penned by an individual that went to school with one of Aisha Buhari’s kids, the commenter stated that the public Aisha Buhari is polar opposite of the real Aisha Buhari whom isn’t a very nice person and I’m starting to believe that.

  6. marlvina

    August 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Besides that bag cld have been a gift. You want her to hide it in a pit latrine? Dunno why you people are focusing on irrelevant things. Don’t you see the expensive designer clothes, shoes, jewelries and bags Michelle Obama rocks? You shld go check out the prices.

    • Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

      August 6, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Obviously you hero worship. I hope you still have a job/money to buy data by the time the Buharis leave Aso Rock. Hungry people defending nonsense.

    • marlvina

      August 6, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Pls be realistic. I bet if you were in such position, you wld have done worse! Hypocrites!

    • Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

      August 6, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      But, you are the unrealistic hypocrite with your head in the sand like an ostrich refusing to see what is happening. If you see nothing wrong in a housewife whose husband is supposedly poor and fighting corruption carrying such an expensive bag then, you are a thief!

    • Chubi

      August 7, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Is it not this same mumuski marlvina who says as a proud, happily married Akwa Ibom lady, it’s the woman’s sole responsibility to cook for her family? And that she cooks 3 square meals for mr marlvina daily, thus guaranteeing his faithfulness? Una dey waste time with her. She doesn’t see beyond her nose!

    • nene+

      August 6, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      @ Malvina Gift???? The chanels, manolos for Zhara and sibblings, Gucci, burberry and this Birkin are all gift? Then let her sell the gifts and raise monies to fund her blabla bla?
      The cost of her journey to America and her bag can pay salaries for several fainting unpaid workers or feed and cloth several IDPS! Yes
      So is the cost of her husbands several trips

      Stop all these rubbish gifts and she had them before stories…..was it not same family who were ejected from their home in Nigeria due to rent in 2012? For accumulated house rent gbese? http://www.nairaland.com/2356404/abuja-landlord-ejects-buhari-over

      Madam please park well with your watery excuses for executive excesses!

      Mrs Obama, Kate Middleton all wear from Top shop- Tory burch for her Inauguration?. How many gift and how much gift do you think Mrs Obama is capable of receiving? Who gifted Mrs Buhari a Birkin gift? Political lobbyist? Oil well lobbyist? Oil bunkers? Mtcheeew

    • FasholasLover

      August 7, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Kai, Marlvina is dead and gone. You girls just carved the ground and put Marlvina in it Alive!!

    • Naijatalk

      August 7, 2016 at 3:53 am

      Michelle Obama will never survive carrying a $70,000 Hermes Birkin bag in America while her husband is in office. She is not particularly known for carrying purses as that is not her style. Marlvina please stop spewing ignorance for goodness sake

    • Stfu

      August 7, 2016 at 9:32 am

      1) Never in your life compare Mrs Obama to anybody. Talk less of Aisha… That lady will give a speech for an hour straight without stuttering or making any grammatical errors.
      2) When have you ever seen Mrs Obama wearing an overpriced item to a fund raising event? Do you know how silly this Aisha looks asking for money when just her bag can send a hundred children to school?
      3) Moderation is key. No one is saying she can’t wear expensive things but dress for the occasion. Anyway her speech was a mess so I’m not even sure people paid attention to the bag. This is actually the person that represents Nigerian women? Lmaooo

    • damilola

      August 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      You can’t compare a developed country to a “developing” country and what the two First Ladies should wear or not. Nigeria is going through recession, depression time and it’s a slap in the face for Aisha Buhari to carry hermes bag and it actually looked llike she wanted to show it off. Obama is working extrememely hard for his country, so they deserve whatever perks First Lady Obama receives. Same can’t be said for Mr and Mrs Korrupsion.

    • nwa nna

      August 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      @marlvina, focusing on the irrelevant? Ssh, Nigerians are their own worst enemies indeed.. The status quo will always remain the same as long as there are people like yourself with very myopic views that are too daft to see the bigger picture of what’s going on..

    • nnenne

      August 8, 2016 at 2:45 am

      @ marlvina… when you are in public office, you are not supposed to accept certain gifts, especially if they are expensive.
      Even the little inexpensive ones you accept are supposed to be declared, ahead of time. Meaning Ms. Aisha, if someone gave you Aba made shoes, you are supposed to tell us ahead of time before anyone asks you about it. She shouldn’t have accepted this gift because it is expensive. She is a public figure.
      That’s how you fight corruption!

      I am not a presidents wife but have never accepted any gift on my job. Even breakfast, lunch or dinner are now prohibited. These things can buy your conscience! Corruption comes in many forms!

    • Spin doctors trying desperately to spin what can't be spun.

      August 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      This is what Aisha Buhari needs to be speaking on. And this is what Aisha Buhari ought to have gone to the USA to speak on:

      “”The fact that in the judgment delivered by the United State District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, USA, in criminal No 1: 07CR209, that indicted the US Congressman, Williams Jefferson, it was mentioned that $170,000 was transferred from account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying William Jefferson as beneficiary.””

  7. Just Negodu

    August 6, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    I hope in 2019, there are vibrant contestants with a purpose for Nigeria. God willing, l will vote..
    Anybody can organise a jamboree to some back water University in the US. Or a shopping spree for special friends when/if there is free $$. As progressive as the US is, there are shady higher institutions run by hungry people lacking in character. Surely, this University that invited her is one of such. Imagine our First Lady entering the US like a commoner. That is what happens when you enter surreptitiously like an uninvited commoner. The same way Buhari was smuggled to London and Cameron saw him to the door at No:10 and turned his back to go inside while our Bubu stood there looking lost like an uninvited irritating and disruptive visitor too.

    This charade will end someday soon.

  8. truetalk

    August 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    @negodu there is no need to wait for 2019 to vote am certain u are over 18 and can contest…pls do so and waste no more time….
    Pple cant be pleased. .. maybe wen u wear the shoes you wld speak differently……

    • Just Negodu

      August 6, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Don’t bother your pretty head. I am already making waves in my chosen career. I can only go higher. You? Haaa you will remain where we left you doing PR for dirty politicians.

    • Pippa

      August 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Yaaaaaaaaasssssss! School the fool, Hunny! Stuck on Bellanaija doing unpaid PR for politicians who don’t give a crap about her

    • Pippa

      August 7, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Comment was for @Just Negodu

    • truetalk

      August 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      @negudo FUI am just a civilian commenting on an article like u…and PR is nt my Prof.. he who wears d shoes knows where it hurts… as for you pippa calling mi a Fool may God bless u

  9. Samira

    August 6, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Aisha really needs to educate herself before she opens her lying greedy fraudulent mouth. Firstly there are several factories in Nigeria producing high nutrient density protein enriched meal supplements as used to combat famine and nutritional deficit, for example in ebonyi state, in Akwa ibom state, and another one owned by Ndidi Nwuneli. Second, Aisha grafted 70 million naira apiece of federal government money out of 27 governor’s for her beauty book launch. Lastly Aisha’s n40 million handbag added to the at least n20 million or more of FG money used to cart her 20 hangers on to USA, at n60 million minimum would feed entire villages and towns. Barefaced greed is digusting..

    • nwa nna

      August 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      @samira, Not only did she launch her stupid book, the book launch was done on the anniversary of the Chibok girls kidnapping incident!!! Unfortunately, Nigerians failed to catch this and take her to task on social media.. It was only madam Oby Ezekwesili that called her out on the insensitivity of launching a spa book on the same day as the Chibok girls abduction anniversary..
      Such action speaks volumes about a person’s character & morals.

  10. Jani

    August 6, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    No problem with Aisha wanting to be known internationally but this her begging bowl manner is disgracefully fake. Her shamelessness is staggering, didn’t she just spend billions of “donated” money during Ramadan supposedly sending “food” (noodles and rice) to idp camps via the VP’s wife? Only for unicef, medicins sans frontieres and other aid agencies to declare malnutrition emergency crisis in the same camps she claimed she was feeding? She should hide her face in shame and stop lining the pockets of her newly acquired exotic bag habit. The money she uses for tv adverts alone would wipe out suffering if it wasn’t diverted to her vanity. Even her entourage look sheepish.

  11. Pellz

    August 7, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Pls I don’t get the Yobe first lady irrelevance part. Is it diss or fact?

  12. Temi

    August 7, 2016 at 2:02 am

    WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO COME TO THE U.S TO DISCUSS NIGERIAN WOMEN AND KIDS STARVATION?? NIGERIANS ARE SMART, RICH, CAPABLE, DOES SHE NEED TO COME HERE? PLEASE, AISHA , THIS ONE I CAN NOT BUY IT OOOO

  13. Dooenaija

    August 7, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Aisha, purpose of traveling to the states ,is a charade, just to die down her role and involment in the Halliburton saga, and to counter fayose accusations that she can’t step into America, nothing more , nothing less , but awon Omo naija , we can see thru lines , all this explanations and fronting is not needed madam,#pmbwife

    • nwa nna

      August 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      @Dooenaija, you’re exactly right! I explained to someone that Aisha Buhari can travel to the US because she’s traveling with a diplomatic passport, hence diplomatic immunity from any outstanding charges.. But let her come back to the US after her husband’s tenure with a regular Nigeria passport if she get 2 heads then we go belive her innocence in the Haliburton case like she’s claiming

  14. Eep!!?

    August 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Abeg can someone please explain the reference to Mrs Yobe state to me. A dun gerrit.

    • Enebi

      August 7, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Yobe is one of the PDP states in the North… Apc people are not happy about it..

  15. Expert

    August 7, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I advise all to go and improve on your communication skills as we do not know the next person that will be appointed a public official …. Meanwhile, Nigerians do not really know how to combine content and articulateness when speaking in public. Either they are full of “‘you know”” or making repetitive statements or being too informal… Confidence is key and knowledge of subject matter is important. Thanks and God bless. Happy Sunday.

  16. Cc

    August 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Am I the only one that feels the money spent traveling with her entourage would do so much for nutrition?

  17. When

    August 8, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I am so shy to call that lady my First Lady. Just imagine, I think she is rather worse than patience. This lady be forming and cannot communicate! Stuttering up and down ?.

  18. ccecec

    August 8, 2016 at 2:48 am

    I’m not a fan of Aisha Buhari but i didn’t really see anything bad in her speech. Initially i almost screamed cos i was already biased from reading all the comments but don’t forget English is our second language. She has an accent and some people don’t know how to speak in public. but carrying a Hermes bag to go ask for funds that i have issue with and she claims the funds she used to travel was personal. Madam buhari did you get it from your mud house or from the milk your cows produced? Please explain

  19. Nne

    August 8, 2016 at 7:17 am

    First she is dissing Yobe state, why so petty? Secondly, she is going to America to ask USIP an NGO to open factory in naija, when she could have simply suggested they buy or contract with existing factories in naija….but she wants an NGO to open factory?????, third she went with a governor, a senator and wives of governors to America (with their collective entourage) to ask for more funding, if a relative rolls up to your house in a convoy of benzes to borrow money will you give? Me i will tell them to sell one car nah. Finally, donor agencies full ground in Abuja USAID, DFID, etc no trip necessary to ask for funding, just pop in and ask for a meeting.

    2019 is around the corner…

  20. Sisi

    August 8, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    This is unfair, how can you be such a walking contradiction? How would you possibly be able to confidently speak about anything when you’re a joke. You are not in your position because you are passionate about a cause, see how the Dean called for a partnership because funding cannot help Nigeria when Nigeria is not willing to put in disciplined effort to change. Oga o this is really a shambolic mess. Mind you please at least try and practice, practice, practice if you insist on public speaking and pretending to be serious about this first lady role. Patience at least gave us a hearty laugh, you on the other hand……..kontinuuuuu

  21. artklub

    August 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Beggy-Beggy, IBB (International Beggy-Beggy), while carrying “Hermes” bag…begging…..First Lady of Northern Nigeria….Speaking to Voice of America (Hausa service)….Buhari Unifying-Divider…prove me wrong.

    • Hope.

      August 9, 2016 at 2:34 am

      First Lady of Northern Nigeria minus the Middle Belt.

  22. Hope.

    August 9, 2016 at 2:40 am

    The Adamawa state governor and his baseball cap! Why? to such an event! and then on a business suit!

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