Abuja - The Presidency has dismissed the
claim by one Gideon Samani that President Muhammadu Buhari is shy around women.
A statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the President’s
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described the claim,
which was published by a national newspaper on Friday, as "totally
It stated that the subsequent attribution of the supposedly "low number’’ of female ministerial nominees to President Buhari's alleged
shyness around women was baseless and a figment of the imagination of the said
Samani, who was falsely described as the "Senior Special Assistant (Political
Matters) to the President.’’
According to the statement, the assertion by the alleged
presidential aide that Buhari is "very shy dealing with the opposite sex’’
because" he has been interacting mostly with men’’, was received by the
President with shock and consternation.
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"For one thing, there is no Senior Special Assistant,
Political Matters, in the office of the President for now and Mr Samani who was
said to have spoken as the Representative of the Secretary to the Government of
the Federation at a public function yesterday, is not an aide of the President.
"Samani is certainly not an official spokesman of the
President. Therefore, he could not have spoken on behalf of President Buhari,
who is the President of all Nigerians, men and women alike.
"President Buhari has a wife, many daughters and female
relatives whom he loves dearly.
"He also had a mother that he adored. How then could he be
shy in the company of women, to the point of allegedly not appointing them into
public offices, on account of not being comfortable in their company? ‘’
The statement, therefore, maintained that Buhari would
continue to hold Nigerian women in the highest esteem and would always give
them due consideration in the discharge of his official responsibilities.
"The statements attributed to Samani are untrue and
unauthorized. They should therefore be disregarded’’, added the statement.