You must have read it in the news. The highly (hypo)critical – as we have noted in the past – First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has constituted a huge campaign team for the reelection of her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari in spite of several scathing criticisms of his administration from its alleged lack of performance and complete hijack of the presidency.
Why it mattters: Aisha Buhari raised all sorts of dust and even threatened not to endorse her husband for reelection if certain things did not change. They did not change but this week she constituted a campaign committee more than double the size of the one announced by the APC.
The downside for Mrs. Buhari is that the composition of her committee is an embodiment of everything that she and her husband, President Buhari often rail against – notably: corruption.
What we confirmed from Aisha’s list: The First Lady has been claiming to be frustrated about an unnamed corrupt cabal in her husband’s government but her ambition has been to replace them with her own formation.
Don’t take our word for it. Just look at some of the notable people on the list:
Terry Waya: Convicted of money laundering by the UK Government and close friends with convicted looters – ex Governors Ibori and Alamieyeseigha (deceased).
Ex Governors Orji Uzor Kalu and Sullivan Chime: Former southeastern Governors (Abia and Enugu), who are under EFCC investigation over alleged corruption.
Ex Governor Ali Modu Sheriff: Yeah, Sheriff, this former Borno governor and ex-PDP chairman accused by of crimes ranging from money laundering to sponsoring terror, even by the APC, made Aisha’s list.
Musa Halilu Ahmed (Yola): Aisha Buhari’s brother who was arrested by security operatives on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly extorting people in the guise of securing access to the President.
Scott Tommey: Allegedly involved in a $2.29m fraud involving former Imo State governor, Ikedi Ohakim. We are hearing that Mr. Tommey is a crony of the Minister of state (Petroleum affairs), Mr. Ibe Kachikwu and a beneficiary of some opaque pipeline security contracts. (*Tommey has since rejected his membership of the council)
Aisha Folorunsho Coker: Wife of tourism promotion boss under EFCC investigation for diverting 3 billion Naira from Lagos state government.
*Side Note: Mrs. Buhari’s list was composed of family members of some of he he husband’s political rivals including the sons of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his media adviser Doyin Okupe (Olujonwo Obasanjo and Ditan Okupe) who are both members of the media and strategic communications committee. Sister to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Senator Gbemi Saraki was included in the Advisory Council. The First Lady also included her brothers, Musa Halilu (Yola), Mahmoud Halilu (Modi) and son-in-law Ahmed Indimi into the campaign committee.
Bottomline: There is nothing new to see here unless you ever allowed yourself to be carried away by Aisha’s tantrums. We never did.