Aisha Buhari orders all staff to go on indefinite leave

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Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has ordered all of her staff to go on leave until further notice.

 

This was contained in a short, terse statement signed by Dr. Mohammed Kamal, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Office of the First Lady on Health and Development Partners, and posted on Aisha Buhari’s official Instagram handle (@aishambuhari).

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Official engagements and work will continue virtually, according to Kamal.

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“This serves to notify all employees that the First Lady’s office will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.”

“As a result, all employees are being asked to go on leave until further notice.”

“Please be aware that official engagements and work can be carried out virtually in the same way as before.”

This comes in the wake of photos of Aisha circulating on social media in connection with rumors that she is pregnant.

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After returning to Abuja from the Turkey-Africa summit, which she attended with President Muhammadu Buhari, photos of the First Lady surfaced.

However, Aisha Buhari’s aide, Sulaiman Haruna, has denied the first lady’s pregnancy.

“I can assure you 100 percent that our first lady is perfectly okay,” Haruna, Aisha’s spokesperson, said in a BBC Pidgin interview.

“She is not sick or expecting a child, as some reports claim.

“Some of these reports are from nefarious characters who aren’t trying to harm anyone.

“It’s true that people nowadays can tamper with photographs.”

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