The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, left the United States yesterday to go to London, United Kingdom as part of her 10-day international trip. Mrs. Buhari stayed in the United States for four days only, less than originally planned according to sources speaking with SaharaReporters.
Mrs. Buhari was invited to speak at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC and at George Mason University in Virginia. She also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Zumunta Association and gave an interview at Voice of America Hausa service.
SaharaReporters obtained photos of Mrs. Buhari arriving and departing the United States through Dulles International Airport in Washington DC, with some photos clearly indicating that she was in the airport because of the signage saying “Dulles Employee Checkpoint” and her US State Department escorts.
Despite the publication of Mrs. Buhari’s itinerary and other photos distributed from her trip, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State and spokespeople for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have said that she never went to the US. Mr. Fayose claims, despite available evidence, that Mrs. Buhari is wanted in the US for corruption.
Investigations by SaharaReporters and the New York Times however found that there is no evidence to suggest that the First Lady was involved with the scam referred to by Mr. Fayose.