The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday, wrote a letter demanding in no unclear terms that the Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, retract the widely-circulated material that links her to an illegal transfer of funds case involving a convicted former U.S. lawmaker, Williams Jefferson.
Writing through her legal representatives, Mrs. Buhari blamed the Ekiti State governor for the “very wild and unfounded” allegations that has been in circulation in the media, and demanded an immediate abjuration, Premium Times reports.
In the letter, titled: “Demand for unqualified retraction of the false statement published by you in various media on the 20th of June, 2016, and subsequent dates regarding our client, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR,” Mrs Buhari gave Mr. Fayose five working days to retract the statement or face legal action.
“Our client has referred to us statement made by you and published on the 20th of June, 2016 (and other subsequent days) concerning and pertaining to her person for necessary action.
“The said statement which was caused by you and your agents to be widely circulated and published in various media platforms: print, electronic and online such as PREMIUM TIMES www.premiumtimesng.com on 20th of June, 2016, contains very wild, unfounded and false allegations and imputations against the person of our client,” Ismaila Alasa and Mary Ekpene, who signed the letter on behalf of the law firm, said.
“Take notice that unless you and your agents meet our humble demands within 5 (five) working days of the receipt of this letter, we shall take all necessary steps within the contemplation of the law to seek redress for our client.”
It will be recalled that Mr. Fayose had on Monday evening distributed a statement which contained excerpts of court documents sourced from the United States Department of Justice Website, claiming Mrs. Buhari was an accomplice in the bribery scandal that landed Mr. Jefferson in jail.
However, two former chairmen of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde and Nuhu Ribadu, have come out to say the Aisha Buhari mentioned in the case was an impostor and not the wife of Mr. Buhari.