Abuja - The Presidency has challenged Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show proof that President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha was linked to US Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery scandal for which the American lawmaker was convicted in 2009.
Reacting to Fayose’s allegations in a press statement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said ordinarily the Presidency would have ignored Fayose because he is a man “childishly obsessed with the desire to grab the headlines and insulting people at will because of his incurably boorish instincts.”
Garba explained however that the presidency chose to respond on this occasion for the sake of innocent Nigerians who might be misled by Fayose’s shameless and blatant distortion of facts.
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The statement read in part: “Fayose should tell Nigerians if the so-called Aisha whose pictures he proudly, but ignorantly shared, was the same Aisha married to President Muhammadu Buhari, or if the Aisha of his idle imagination had any relationship by blood or any relationship in whatever form, with President Buhari’s wife.
“Fayose should also produce evidence from the records of investigation and subsequent trial of Jefferson to prove that Buhari’s wife Aisha was in anyway linked to that scandal.
“Common names alone are not enough to automatically link innocent people to crimes or scandals, especially in an era of identity thieves.
“Free speech does not entitle Governor Fayose to falsely accuse innocent people of crimes they knew nothing about.
“Political opposition is not a licence to attack people’s reputation brazenly without legal consequences.
- News 24