Amid pregnancy rumours, the wife of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Aisha, has ordered all members of her staff to proceed on an indefinite leave.
This was announced in a terse statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Health and Development Partners in the First Lady’s office, Mohammed Kamal.
Buhari, 79, was in Turkey with Aisha, 50, between December 16 and 19, 2021 when they attended the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit.
Photos of the President’s wife released by the Presidency after the trip had sparked pregnancy rumours as she was pictured to have cradled what looked like a bump.
Comments from Aisha’s spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi; and another aide working with the President’s wife, Suleiman Haruna, proved abortive on Monday. While Abdullahi’s phone was unreachable, Haruna declined comments on the matter when our correspondent contacted him.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Kamal said the First Lady ordered the members of staff in her office to proceed on indefinite leave and continue work virtually.
The statement, posted on the verified Instagram handle of the President’s wife, read, “This serves to inform all members of staff that the office of the First Lady will be closed for the upcoming festive period of Christmas and New Year.
“Please note that official engagements and work can also continue virtually as it was done previously.
“Her Excellency appreciates and thanks all staff members for their commitment and hard work and wishes all a happy festive period ahead.”
You would recall that Aisha who is reportedly a mother of five children, was away in Dubai for about six months till March 2021 when she returned to the country.
Until recently, she had been vocal in her criticism of the regime of her husband, especially regarding the insecurity ravaging the country.