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Aisha Buhari directs staff to vacate office till further notice 

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
22 December 2021   |   4:05 am
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has ordered all staff members in her office to proceed on leave until further notice.

Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has ordered all staff members in her office to proceed on leave until further notice.

A top presidency source confirmed the development but craved anonymity when contacted.

Speaking with The Guardian, the source said: “This is not the first time. Even, last year (2020), she did the same thing after she returned from a trip abroad.”

Reports had quoted a terse statement posted on Aisha Buhari’s official Instagram handle (@aishambuhari), signed by Dr. Mohammed Kamal, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Office of the First Lady on Health and Development Partners.

Kamal stated that official engagements and work would continue virtually.

“This serves to inform all staff that the Office of the First Lady will be closed for the upcoming festive period of Christmas and New Year. To this end, all staff are requested to proceed on leave, until further notice. Please, note that official engagements and work can also continue virtually as it was done previously.”

But the statement appeared to have been pulled down when The Guardian visited the handle at press time.

Recall that the First Lady returned to Abuja on Sunday from the Turkey-Africa summit, which she attended with President Buhari.

Sulaiman Haruna, an aide to Aisha Buhari, could not be reached for comments at press time, as he did not pick calls put to him.

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