Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday apologised to her children, family members and the public for the embarrassment caused by the viral video released by Fatima, daughter of the President’s nephew, Mamman Daura.
In the video, Mrs Buhari was seen expressing her displeasure over the refusal of the Dauras to pack out of their apartment.
According to a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, Mrs Buhari made the apology during a solidarity visit by first ladies from the 36 states at the Presidential Villa.
The statement said, “Commenting on the video circulating on social networks, Buhari extended her apology to her children, her family members and all well-meaning Nigerians over the embarrassment that the video had caused.”
She pledged to construct a regional secretariat for the African First Ladies Peace Mission.
Mrs Buhari said, “I have successfully secured 2.7 hectares of land in Abuja for this purpose and the foundation laying will soon be conducted in the presence of African First Ladies.”
She praised the first ladies for the good work they had been doing in their states, and the collaboration they did with Future Assured.
She praised the President for approving new aides for her.
Falmata, wife of Borno State Governor Umara Zulum, represented the Northern First Ladies Forum while Betsy, wife of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, represented the Southern First Ladies Forum on the occasion.
Zulum said they were at the Villa to welcome Mrs Buhari back after a long absence, and expressed their support for her initiatives.
The event was attended by Dolapo, wife of Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo; Maryam, wife of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, and Salamatu, wife of the House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
Mrs Buhari’s new aides are Mairo Almakura (Special Assistant, African First Ladies Peace Mission), Muhammed Albishir (Special Assistant, Organisation of African First Ladies for Development) and Wole Aboderin (Special Assistant, Non-Governmental Organisations).
Others are Aiyu Abdullahi (Special Assistant, Media and Publicity), Zainab Kazeem (Special Assistant, Domestic and Social Events) and Funke Adesiyan (Personal Assistant, Domestic and Social Events).
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