President Muhammadu Buhari is said to be embarrassed about the fraudulent deals of his wife Aisha, especially around her involvement in the Halliburton bribery scandal and foreign exchange “scams”.
A source has claimed that Aisha “has been divorced twice by Buhari, and going by Islamic rites once you divorce a woman thrice, there is no going back on the final decision”.
Buhari, who is reportedly a devout Muslim, was embarrassed when his wife was pictured sitting up close and personal with oil magnate Wale Tinubu in his helicopter as they flew to the wedding of Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole.
Further embarrassment was heaped on the president when governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State alleged that Aisha couldn’t visit the US for fear of arrest because of her involvement in the Halliburton scandal. Court papers in the US had mentioned the president’s wife as being involved, although her supporters tried to claim that the “Aisha Buhari” mentioned was different from the one married to the president.
The source claimed that the “face-saving” visit to the US was hastily arranged with the help of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and a US-based lobbying firm to blow away the whiff of corruption that surrounded the president’s wife. According to the source: “The point here is that the visit was aimed at proving that she had nothing to do with the Halliburton case”. The source believes that Buhari would have invoked his “third strike” to divorce his wife if she hadn’t gone to the US to prove Fayose wrong.
Mrs Buhari is also alleged to be involved in a “forex scam” at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in which her companies get a weekly allocation from the CBN at the official exchange rate and then sell on the allocation in the black market at huge profit. This is particularly embarrassing as many genuine import businesses and Nigerians paying for their kids’ education abroad all struggle to get foreign exchange at the lower official rate. This foreign exchange shortage has contributed to the country’s economic malaise.