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Buhari’s marriage: Ask Buhari or rumour mongers, says Aisha
Barely four days after the news of Buhari’s second wife had gone viral, the wife of President Buhari and first lady of the nation has disclosed that it was not her duty to confirm or deny the rumour that her husband wanted a second wife.
This was contained in her reaction on Sunday when she told BBC Hausa that responsibility to confirm or deny the rumour was that of those involved in the matter.
While answering questions from BBC Hausa correspondent, Aisha Buhari stated that “He (Buhari) is the person rumoured to be planning a marriage, not Aisha Buhari. They (those concerned) are supposed to come out and clear the air.”
The first lady denied a rumour that she left her husband because she did not agree with his plan take a second wife and called for urgent action against the menace of fake news.
Mrs Buhari, who addressed journalists shortly after arriving in Nigeria from the United Kingdom, said she visited her children and attended to her health while away.
She said: “It has been a tradition for us. For like 20 to 27 years now, if our children are on holiday, we spend it with them.
“I never abandon my children and last year, I went to Spain and spent two months with Zahra when she gave birth.
“While on holiday in the U.K, I fell sick; so, I stayed back to see a doctor who advised me to stay back to attend to my health.
“From the U.K, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and returned to England on doctor’s advice. They also advised that I should slow down my activities.”
She recalled that due to fake news, she received calls from people who sought to confirm whether her husband was dead when he was sick.
She said: “The genesis of this fake news started when my husband fell sick and perpetrators of this act were showing fake ambulance, hospital and dead body, suggesting that my husband was dead.
“That time, I received so many calls from other first ladies and presidents of other countries to confirm; so I called the attention of Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the National Orientation Agency.
“Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect.”
Mrs Buhari said she was ready to continue her work with women and children