When Governor Ayodele Peter Fayose of Ekiti State made an accusation against the wife of the President, Her Excellency Aisha Buhari… “Even the President cannot claim to be an angel. The estate he built in Abuja is known to us. His wife was indicted in the Halliburton scandal. When that American, Jefferson, was being sentenced, the President’s wife was mentioned as having wired $170,000 to Jefferson. Her name was on page 25 of the sentencing of Jefferson. We can serialise the judgment for people to see and read.”
Millions of Nigerians were confused about the authenticity of the allegation. However, the United States Government has finally come out to clear the president’s wife of the allegation. Mr. Frank Sellin, acting Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos revealed recently that Hajia Aisha Buhari is not wanted in USA.
Her Excellency, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari was born 17th of February 1971 in Adamawa State, Northeastern Nigeria. Her grandfather, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu was Nigeria’s first Minister of Defence. Her father was a civil engineer while her mother is a descendant of the Ankali family, renowned farmers and textile giants. She went to primary and secondary school in Adamawa, where she lived with siblings, her nieces and nephews. In February 1989, Aisha married Muhammadu Buhari, who had five children from a previous Marriage to Safinatu Yusuf. Aisha and Muhammadu Buhari have five children together and one grandchild
Her Excellency holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), and a master’s degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna. She is currently undertaking a Counselling Course on Co-Dependency in the United Kingdom. She obtained a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom and specialized in Permanent Make-up, Mesotherapy and Miocro-dermabrasion. She holds a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France. She is a member of the United Kingdom Vocational Training and Charitable Trust and the International Health and Beauty Council.
Prior to acquiring her higher degrees, she had earlier pursued a career in Beauty and fashion. For years, she has run a successful business as the Founder/Managing Director of Hanzy Spa and Principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a Beauty salon in Kaduna and Abuja. She is a Resource Person to the National Basic Technical Education (NBTE) on Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and has participated in the curriculum development of Small Medium Enterprises for NBTE. Aisha closed her beauty salon following the emergence of her husband, Buhari as President of Nigeria.
On July 2014, she advised Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to resigned from office as President of Nigeria, following a suicide bombing and an alleged assassination attempt on Buhari. She is a women’s right activist and child right Advocate. She is one of the Nigerians who criticized child marriage and homosexuality.
Her Excellency is a vocal advocate of women’s rights and children rights and this was a focal point during her campaign for her husband’s election in 2015. She has, on several occasions, emphasised the need for young girls to get Primary and Secondary school education before getting married, saying that she believes no girl should get married before the age of 17.
In May 2015, on the sidelines of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she stressed the need for Nigerian laws that will protect the women from forced early marriages, sex trafficking and other issues Nigerian girls and women contend with. She raised concerns on Child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking and the need for Legislation against early marriage.
On June 12, 2015 she met with some mothers of the abducted Chibok Girls, a meeting she had wanted to hold for a long time. Her Excellency has been described by many Nigerians as a classy woman. She surprised Nigerians when she made it known that her role as wife of the President of Nigeria will be limited to whatever is constitutionally recognised, as she promised not to overstep. Her Excellency, is the current president of Africa First Ladies Peace Mission.