According to Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the presidency has said that ‘there will be no access to public funds’ for Aisha Buhari’s platform as the ‘ostentation, ubiquitousness and arrogance’ expected from the office are over and done with.’
In a report by Vanguard, Shehu reiterated that though an official portfolio was yet to be assigned to Aisha, ‘The ideal platform from which she will be useful to Nigeria’s women and children is still being thought out.’
‘Once this has been concluded on, Mrs. Buhari’s role will become clearer to all Nigerians. There will be nothing shady or hidden about it. There will be no access to public funds. It will be purely private and voluntary,’ Shehu added.
Speaking further, Shehu said, ‘President Buhari promised that there would be a clear difference between the role played by his wife during his tenure and that played by many previous First Ladies.
‘All that ostentation, ubiquitousness and arrogance we have come to expect from the office are over and done with. Change has come.
‘Her only visit to that office was at the point of the take-over of the Villa by the incoming administration,’ Shehu said.
He added that the meeting during which she hosted the wives of governors was held in a section of the Villa’s banquet hall, not in the First Lady’s office.