N12 million was spent on former first ladies, mine is little – Aisha

Mrs. Aisha Buhari has disclosed that £32,000 (or over N12 million naira) was spent as landing fees for private jets ferrying former first ladies.

She said the money was spent by the Nigerian Embassy in London to carter for the former First Ladies.

Aisha finally accepted she spent some money at the airport lounge.

However, she stated that the money she spent was a far cry from what other first ladies spent.

Aisha Buhari was reacting to a second report by media houses where she’s being accused of fleecing the Nigeria High Commission.

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She’s also being accused of abusing her privileges whenever she travels to the UK.

Aisha said the continuous publication of “unfounded stories” against her was becoming a great concern.

She said the “purported internal memo within the Consulate” quoted by media houses had no direct link to her.

Aisha said the accusations had still not been able to substantiate where she made any direct contact with the mission for anything.

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The statement read, “The High Commission has its internal administrative procedure.

“It is not within the purview of the wife of the President to ask for diplomatic files.

“Furthermore, the said memo showed little or no knowledge of Her Excellency’s itinerary.

“This proves the simple fact we earlier submitted that she had no direct business with the embassy to warrant the accusation of waste or corruption insinuated in the report.

“Part of the wife of the President’s trips abroad are for her NGO.

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“Her NGO is not funded by the Government, and it is not uncommon to have stopover in UK as the case may be.

“Her VIP treatment is simple protocol for a personality of her status, which is done all over the world.

“The High Commission provided the lounge and Hajiya Buhari was not involved in the transaction.

“This is even a far cry from the £32,000 expended in the past as landing fees for private jets of former first ladies.”