Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of the federal republic of Nigeria, has given reasons for her absence from the country.
Many reports have suggested that the first lady returned to Nigeria amidst rumours that her husband, President Buhari, planned to marry the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster and Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Mrs Buhari, who spoke to newsmen shortly after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, gave gratitude to the almighty God for journey mercies back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom and claimed she took a medical leave which was advised by her doctor.
Read her statement in full.
"It has been a tradition for us. For like 20 to 27 years now, if our children are on holiday, we used to spend holiday with them.
“I never abandon my children and last year, I went to Spain and spent two months with Zahra when she gave birth.
“So, the same this year’s holiday in U.K, I fell sick; so, I stayed back to see a doctor and the doctor 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 and they also advised that I should slow down my activities.
”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 is 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 NCC, NBC and the National Orientation Agency.
“Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect."
In her speech, she thanked her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, for granting approval of some Special Assistants to her office, as they assisted her to accomplish her mission of improving the lives and well-being of women and children as the First Lady of Nigeria.
The first lady warned Nigerians to stop wagging their tails to fake news, saying that it does no good to anyone.
The first lady was received and welcomed at the airport by the wife of Kogi State Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Administration), Dr Hajo Sani, and wife of former Governor of Nasarawa State, Mrs Mairo Al-Makura, among many other dignitaries.