Saturday, 07 January 2017 19:05

Aisha Buhari faces new scrutiny for alleged taxpayer-funded trips to London

Scrutiny of  Wife of the President Aisha Buhari, intensified Saturday after new revelations that she took trips to London in 2016 with a large entourage using money from a state-funded High Commission that is cash strapped and unable to serve Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom.

 

The revelation raises new doubts about Aisha's earlier statements that she paid for all of her own expenses  and trips.

According to new findings by Sahara reporters on at least two occasions in July and October, 2016, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, traveled to London with a large entourage, a fact that contradicts her recent claim that she only travels with her family members.

In her response to the report she Washed her hand off the acts, Aisha explained that her entourage during the trip was not large as projected by the media. She added that she was never offered money by the embassy and could not have asked for such, also stressing that her drivers who came to pick her were arranged without the input of the embassy. Mrs. Buhari not only denied the allegation, she also challenged the online medium to show evidence of their report to disproof her claims.

To prove authenticity of the report the online medium has published documents detailing how Mrs. Buhari and some top officials in her husband’s government receive irregular funds from the Nigerian High Commission in London. 

Pictures sourced by Per Second News below shows no fewer than eight VIPs in her entourage to an award ceremony in Brussels, Belgium without the inclusion of personal aides. 

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Two documents obtained by SaharaReporters show that in July 2016, Mrs. Buhari traveled to the UK with a nine-member delegation. During that trip, Mrs. Buhari had the High Commission pay for her ticket. In fact, she even canceled her initial trip leading the High Commission to incur a penalty of £200. The expense associated with her visit included the last-minute ticket purchase by a member of her delegation that was not initially included in the list sent to the High Commission.
 
During the July visit, Mrs. Buhari was scheduled to stay at the vacant home of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. She was also expected to travel to other parts of the world while her entourage remained in London for three weeks.
 
Another document obtained by SaharaReporters shows that Mrs. Buhari was in London in October 2016. During that trip, the High Commission allocated the sum of £10,000 for expenses, including an elaborate VIP reception on her arrival at the airport. The memo revealed that the First Lady was booked to receive VIP treatment at Windsor Suites at Heathrow that cost £1,500 per passenger. She was then scheduled to attend an event in Brussels and other places before returning to London. The event was widely reported in the media.
 
Several sources in London and Abuja told the media outfit that Mrs. Buhari has made several trips to the UK since her husband’s inauguration as President. In some instances, the President’s Office claimed that private organizations or individuals paid for Mrs. Buhari’s trips.

Aisha Buhari trip covered by High Commission in 2016
July documents showing how the High Commission catered for Mrs. Aisha Buhari's tripAisha Buhari's October documentsAisha's Buhari's October trip

 
Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:03

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