The Presidency has described as ridiculous the attempt by the Governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose to implicate President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha in the bribery scandal for which American senator, William Jefferson was convicted for in 2009.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday reacted to Fayose’s indictment.
He said the Presidency would ordinarily not have given attention to the governor because he is a man “childishly obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his incurably boorish instincts”.
He however, explained that the Presidency decided to reply Fayose for the sake of innocent Nigerians who might be misled by his misrepresentation of facts.
According to Shehu, Aisha Buhari had no direct, indirect or the remotest connection with William Jefferson’s corruption scandal in the United States.
He challenged Fayose to tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha he mentioned in the scandal was married to the President or if the she had any relationship in whatever form with the wife of the President.
Shehu also challenged Fayose to come forward with evidence from the records of investigation and subsequent trial of Jefferson to prove that Aisha was in anyway linked to the case.
He explained that in this era of identity thieves, names are not just enough to indict people of any fraudlent dealing.
He further challenged Fayose to show proof of when and where Aisha Buhari was invited for interrogation in connection with Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal.
According to the presidential media aide, free speech does not entitle Fayose to accuse people of crimes they know nothing about.
He warned Fayose that Aisha Buhari has the right to protect her reputation from malignant reports, adding that political opposition is not a licence to attack people’s reputation without legal consequences.