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“The family paid their tickets” – Presidency Responds to a Question on the Source of Funds for Buhari’s Children’s Attendance at #UNGA 71



The 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA 71) is on-going.

In one of the meetings, two daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari Zahra and Amina – were pictured sitting beside their mother, Aisha.

Noticing it, a Twitter user, Adetutu Balogun (@tutsy22) asked the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to President Buhari – Garba Shehu – about the source of funds and purpose of their attendance at the meeting.

Adetutu Balogun

Responding to her, Shehu said: “None of President Buhari’s children now with the family in New York traveled on government tickets. The family paid their tickets.”

Garba Shehu


  1. ahnahn

    September 22, 2016 at 11:36 am

    cmon. nigerians need to stop this. i told a friend this people and some delegates paid from their own pockets. if you people know the sanctions they are under you will chose not to be amongst the first children or family sef of the state

    Mallam shehu needs to stop replying every question.

    • Oversabi

      September 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Sorry dear but this is abuts of office. You take your kids to an official meeting for what? He was the only one there with dependents when the assembly was in session. I’d pardon him if one or both of those girls were on official payroll as his handlers. Yeah, it’s nepotism but better than having them attend because they happen to be his kids. NBA hi call for high standard. No be we ask.

    • Oversabi

      September 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Last sentence “na him ….”

    • babex

      September 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Madam oversabi,
      Please google “United Nations General Assembly (#UNGA 71)” and read what the sessions are all about.

      Of course, if you have such a powerful esteem and you are the president of a country, you will always want to take your family, children to such events so they can learn and be surrounded with knowledge and have a better understanding of your career.
      I work with the Government where i am based and yes i do bring my family to work events and sessions that allow outsiders so they can benefit, enjoy and experience first hand what i do on a daily basis.

      I just get angry when individuals are so short minded. Sorry to say but i do hope you get to a position of higher power, especially if you haven’t attained such position yet, at least then you will have an idea and be very exited to invite friends, and families to attend events to see how what you do goes a long way and impacts so many people especially as a civil servant.

      And as for payment, civil servants get paid too and family upkeep, personal expense etc are always separate from their personal salary, at least for presidents, governors, ministers and some other member of cabinet in most cases.

    • Ethio

      September 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      @ajnahn i think you’re one of those paid social media defenders, c’mon gerarahere “shehu garba needs to stop replying people” my foot. you call this failed attempt at lying to the suffering populace a reply? take time ooh

  2. Mannie

    September 22, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Really! The family paid their tickets to seat at the UN general assembly, when the UN headquarters is closed to the public for the next two weeks because it is holding the UN General Assembly. The last time I checked, the general public are not allowed to visit the UN during the general assembly.

    It seems that the only explanation for the fact that the Buhari family is seating at the assembly is because the government- through the ministry of foreign affairs- have enlisted them as delegates representing Nigeria. Now, can Mr Shehu explain to us how one family becomes the primary representatives for the whole of Nigeria?

    • Anon

      September 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      “You can fool some people some times but you can’t fool all the people all the time”

    • tunmi

      September 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      You guys don’t want the truth. The question was asked and answered. Please stop spreading misinformation. The daughters were listed as dependents and laying for their tickets is a separate issue. I get that we are super sensitive to any abuse of govt but this is getting too much.

      This was from the UN’s website:
      The principal and their dependents must be registered with the Protocol and Liaison Service upon their arrival to the New York Metropolitan Area. Do not postpone registration if the principal’s dependents (including household employees) will be arriving separately, they may be registered upon their arrival. Our office strongly recommends you consult the provided checklist prior to submitting all requests.

      Who is a “principal”?
      The “principal” is the person who is employed by the mission/office, whether in a diplomatic or non-diplomatic capacity.

      Who are “dependents”?
      “Dependents” are immediate family members residing with the principal and household employees that have been directly contracted by them.”

    • Mannie

      September 22, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Tunmi, I’m afraid but I am not satisfied with your evidence. Firstly, Buhari is not employed by the Permanent Missions of Nigeria to the UN, thus implying that he is not qualified to apply as a “principal”. This argument further extends to his family because they do not constitute as “dependents” in this case.
      Secondly, Buhari qualifies to attend the meeting on the basis that he is a Head of state. His wife is also permitted to attend too as she is his spouse, as well as delegates from Nigeria. The only way that the Buhari family (Kids, I mean) may have attended this event must have been through being recognised as delegates (which has some crazy “supposed” implications I can’t express).
      If you aren’t convinced, please read:$FILE/NV_GA71_Arrangements.pdf

      Let’s call a spade a spade, not a big spoon.

    • Ethio

      September 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      @tunmi doing your job? i know y’all when i see y’all paid evidence providing, lying , brainless, fools sent here and everywhere to “whip up good press”

    • John

      September 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      @mannie .Very good question bcos, come to think of it ,buhari family where the only family inside that hall..I just cant believe that some people actually went to the poling booth and voted for this man

    • ATL's finest

      September 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      [email protected] John oh well believe sir. Well he’s got what 2,3, more years????? I’ve said it before and I will say it again. When u try to rule a Country more than 4 times before succeeding, it’s not dream come through. That’s what I call desperation and trying hard to tap into Nigeria’s fund. So their parents paid for their tix hmmm it’s alright. Everyone can’t be fooled & stupid at the same time.

  3. me again

    September 22, 2016 at 11:56 am

    somebori is not thinking well, which airline did they use…….when their pops is the president with a fleet of planes……….aside the above stated fact that the UN is closed to the public, what is their role and importance there to this country right now……..isn’t that corruption too (abuse of privilege)……..

    • Peyton

      September 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      It is corruption which is an abuse of public office for private gain. However a vast major of the public thinks its only when XYZ sums which are meant for public purposes are diverted into private accounts then its corruption. They dont realise corruption is not only limited to diversion of funds.

  4. Spunky

    September 22, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Yesterday it was the issue of the First Lady spotted, wearing an expensive wristwatch. Today, it is the issue of the first children attending UNGA (self sponsored or not). I feel this is distracting!People are struggling and barely trying to survive.

  5. keke driver

    September 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Mr Garba, the question is who do we ask to confirm this your story? Cos I don’t believe you…All APC has been feeding us since inception has been one lie to the other……Abegi all of you are the same.

  6. Anon

    September 22, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Who is funding the family? Rhetorical question…

    • FasholasLover

      September 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      JAMBE Kweshion! Considering that the family was dirt broke a few months ago. If it walks like a duck,…….Too many controversies about Buhari and his family. Buhari is old. He has no say.

  7. artklub

    September 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    change begins with buharis family…

  8. nene+

    September 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Seriously Shehu Garba? The family paid for their ticket?? Tell me salon proceeds or cattle sale? The monies for hotel and logistics are also from where?
    Shehu did they also pay for their tickets a couple of weeks ago when they accompanied their mother to the USA?

    Shehu Garba am sure you think Nigerians are zombies!

    This same poor conservative family have brazenly displayed so much insensitivity in show of waste and arrogance.

    I know Sasha Obama did a summer job in a seafood shop but Buhari’s???? May be they where busy shopping for the best pieces for their mum and selves! Otherwise who introduced Birkins to Aisha?

    • nene+

      September 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm


    • Beeeee

      September 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      And come to think of it, Buhari and Aisha flew in the presidential jet and his kids flew commercial? If the kids flew in the jet (which is likely) who did they pay for their tickets? The federal government? If hey flew commercial they must have flown business class and how much is a business class ticket to the US again? I am weak. These are people who claimed they were broke o….

    • Anon

      September 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      “must have flown business class?” You are joking. First class, not business class.

    • Oversabi

      September 22, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Remember they were poor and daddy had to borrow money from the bank for his nomination form. But now they have money to be flying upandan. Thank God I did not vote for him. I would have stabbed myself by now.

    • Samira

      September 23, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Wow! Aisha comes from an extremely wealthy family! for your information! and I’m not talking one two million dollars! I’m talking 5,6billion dollars! who introduced Aisha to birkins? what a joke! you people bash everything Northern! from BUHARI to his wife,other Northern personalities females and males , politics, fashion, education intact everything! Northern! Shame!!

    • Courage

      September 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      Samurai I completely understand you, I think people are just upset because of the double standards. They should help their dad and live moderately that’s all if not the bashing will continue.

    • Jani

      September 24, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Please tell Nigerians the name of the “wealthy family” that Aisha Buhari nee Haliru comes from, and how much money they had or have. Is her father’s name Hallibutton or her mother’s name Jefferson Bureau De Change? Fantastically corrupt Aisha Buhari abusing her husband’s office and power for personal gain. Aisha’s family are as poor as churchrats. Nigerians are not fooled. Come 2019 or sooner, CHANGE will begin with these arrogant thieving scrounging Buhari family. Thieves.

    • Courage

      September 24, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you my dear, even the salon has been closed down….

  9. nene+

    September 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    So private individuals now pay to UN General Assembly? Wonders shall never end!

    Corruption of the highest order!

  10. tunmi

    September 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    You guys don’t want the truth. The question was asked and answered. Please stop spreading misinformation. The daughters were listed as dependents and laying for their tickets is a separate issue. I get that we are super sensitive to any abuse of govt but this is getting too much.

    At least I’m brushing up on my research and analytical skills

    This was from the UN’s website:
    The principal and their dependents must be registered with the Protocol and Liaison Service upon their arrival to the New York Metropolitan Area. Do not postpone registration if the principal’s dependents (including household employees) will be arriving separately, they may be registered upon their arrival. Our office strongly recommends you consult the provided checklist prior to submitting all requests.

    Who is a “principal”?
    The “principal” is the person who is employed by the mission/office, whether in a diplomatic or non-diplomatic capacity.

    Who are “dependents”?
    “Dependents” are immediate family members residing with the principal and household employees that have been directly contracted by them.”

  11. Gbemi

    September 22, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Correction: The family paid for their ticket with government money

  12. Kikelola

    September 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Misplaced priorities. You all are upset at the current President’s family traveling with him, but nothing is being said about the former First Lady’s shell company’s accounts with MILLIONS in embezzled funds.

    • Ijebujesha

      September 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      I am upset about the many luxurious items that Aisha Buhari dorns. This was the same family that didn’t have money to buy APC Presodential form and were drinking sachet milo barely 16 months ago. Now they can easily pay for vacation at the UNGA in NYC. What has changed so soon? It’s either they are just 419 hypocrites who lied their way into the government coffers or they have stolen so much within the last 16 months or a mix of those two.

    • jess

      September 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      You are one of the problems with Nigeria. stealing is stealing. Why ignore one to pay attention to other.

    • LemmeRant

      September 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      What are you saying?

      Have you seen the threads on Patience Jonathan? Did you see anybody sympathizing with her? And is this thread about Patience.

      If an article about the Jonathan’s corruption comes up, feel free to criticize, we will join you sef. But this is not about Patience. This is about the Buharis taking us for a ride.

      Carry your criticism over to a Patience Jonathan article and please don’t change the topic.

      Thank you!

  13. FinchleysFinest

    September 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm


  14. ceetoo

    September 22, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    How come nobody is commenting why they are on the phone and not even paying attention to what they did or did not go for? Honestly i was fooled… i hate to admit.

    • Morolake

      September 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      On the phone???? Really??? Aunty/Uncle you don’t have to comment on every post you know. Ignorant much…

    • Fashionista

      September 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      But Folake, just correct him na, no need for calling him ignorant – everyone cannot know everything. Ceetoo, they are not using their phones. It is some form of communication device, being used to translate/interpret what is being said. .

  15. mia

    September 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    why didn’t Garba state the purpose of their attendance? I just want to know why they were there.

  16. Sonia

    September 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Buhari is corruption personified. I dont blame him nor his children. Nigerians brought all these bullshit on Nigeria. Confused and vision-less president.

  17. Femi

    September 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Its just the three of them that are answering calls? Imagine? Luxurious life indeed. Keep fooling yourselves but, lets meet come 2019 election.

  18. Ruth

    September 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Saw it on tv yesterday. I still do not understand their purpose for going, and simply just smiling sheepishly. Yes International conferences do have private-observers. Did they go to privately observe, make inputs or just represent the nation as assistant First Lady 1 and 2 in this recession?! And it better not be the later!

    Sir, pls call “mummy”, assistant First Lady 1 and 2 especially 1 to order. can they not shove the bags, wrist watch, scarfs, shoes etc in our faces.

  19. spotless mom

    September 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    U are a big fool for trying to change the topic. Are those kids suppose to be there?

  20. Ms jazz

    September 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Lying, hypocritical family! Nigeria is doomed and I hate to admit it. God help us

    • Lacey

      September 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      @Ms Jazz ,Nigeria is not doomed ! Say positive things about Nigeria!I believe right now Nigerians have enough evidence to pour into the streets to demand for Buhari’s impeachment! So if you guys sit on your behind and only come on SM to rant then Goodluck to you guys. as I am just thanking God that I am not in that country right now, if I was, it’s only God that would have helped me,as it is very clear that this man is just a very crafty rogue! and he does not even have the right to fight corruption! If everybody pours into the streets both in Lagos and Abuja and bring this government to his knees, by insisting on Buhari’s impeachment , will that be a crime?a time where people are dying of hunger in Nigeria,you are packing your children like sardine to NY! God will punish Buhari to his tenth generation for this wickedness and hardness he continues to mete on Nigerians, who went all out against all odds to vote him to power! I hardly make pronouncements ! the anger in my Spirit right now is because I support the masses and God word says anyone that oppresses the poor will face his wrath!James2:6,James2:13 and Prov22:16!Even this Shehu Garba will join to chop inside the cane that God will use to flog Buhari and his family!Femi Adeshina has left the job for you Shehu Garba and Nigerians in NY could not even protest sef na wa!

    • Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

      September 22, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      You, are also ranting on SM. Wherever in the world you are, you can start something. Don’t you hv Nigerians around? Abi na Alaska you dey? Bread and butter Christian. See swearing and cursing……

  21. TundeJohn

    September 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    how i wish all these complaints were genuine, i mean if your ‘uncle’ not even your father were to be president and offered you to accompany him to such you won’t go……i have just seen that the state of this country goes beyond what buhari’s children are doing or not doing.

  22. Lacey

    September 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    @Boys that want to enter bush or whatever you call yourself!The status of my faith should never be your concern! Nigerians that are the happiest people on earth, are beginning to commit suicide, and you are here about nonsense!please move on into the forest where you are heading!bloody nuisance!

    • Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

      September 22, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Haa, l touched a nerve. Christian by day Babalawo’s first born by night. The devils own begotten child. Your self righteousness is so silly. Pls. get lost. Idiot.

    • Lacey

      September 23, 2016 at 3:10 am

      @Boyswannaenterbush!na you saka!nerve fire!who cares about whatever think!

  23. Lmao

    September 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    But I thought buhari was Nigeria’s messiah? And he was going to bring change and end corruption?!
    You gullible fools deserve this trash, no ounce of remorse for any of you. Continue suffering while your president and his family are gallivanting around the globe with your money.
    I don’t know how the fact this man tried SEVERAL times to become president didn’t raise an alarm in your thick skulls. He was just desperate to steal and share Nigeria’s money between his family and tribe. good for all of you. Ntoo *sticks out tongue*

  24. concerned9a

    September 22, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Looks like we have been defrauded big time…the Wife was so humble during the election campaigns now it’s all designer gear…and the huge entourage!!
    The Daughters too are everywhere…bought it indeed!!
    Elections are not too far away…can he be returned??…what has he really been achieved apart from Boko Haram…who only calmed down because an Hausa man was in power let’s call a spade a spade!!
    Patience’s account has been closed down and she’s been dragged to Court…9jas always cordoning one corruption case with the other…face matter for ground abeg!!


    September 23, 2016 at 9:17 am

    From the comments in this post you realize common sense is far from common…Nigerians educate yourselves.. Anybody, even those without a brain can criticize.

  26. Ruby

    September 23, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Why are you people complaining…Abeg Nigeria is one big, happy FAMILY?
    Let family keep paying jare.
    #ContinuesSearchFor CheapRice

  27. Gabieln Lincoln

    September 28, 2016 at 4:53 am

    These brats are having a feel of their lifetime while Kanu is languishing in prison, Nigeria is in recession, $ is now 430, Ordinary-citizens could not afford neither kerosine nor pms. Rice is now 19,000 per bag. Pupils are being withdrawn from schools as a result of funding, no electricity, EFCC trying to recover stolen funds. Buhari couldn’t afford presidential ticket about 15 month ago after-which Buhari traveled to about 25 countries, his 3 wards graduated from a foreign university & Aisha was spotted with crocodile skin Hermes Birkin costing between $50,000 and $300,000. President’s children have now become automatic delegates to UNGA & other foreign govt functions. This is real CHANGE!

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