Aisha Buhari: Fears over COVID-19 put Aso Rock on edge as gunshots have rocked the Presidential Villa leading to a clash of interest and a resultant disquiet emanating from the walls of the nation’s fortress of power.
The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has in a series of tweets from her verified twitter handle @aishambuhari on Friday night called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately release her aides who according to reports have been in Police custody since Thursday night.
Mrs. Buhari had at exactly 7:11 pm tweeted from her android device as follows:
She however did not disclose the identities of her aides detained neither did she say when or why they were detained.
However, according to State House sources as reported by THISDAY, trouble started when citing COVID-19 protocols, the First Lady Aisha Buhari and three of her children, Zahra, Halima and Yusuf, accompanied by some of her security aides led by the Aide-de-Camp, on Thursday night went to the residence of Sabiu located just outside the Presidential Villa to demand that he should self-isolate for 14 days, so as not to endanger the first family.
Sabiu, who is said to be President Buhari’s nephew, had returned to his residence at the precincts of the Presidential Villa, just outside the Pilot gate, after a trip to Lagos where he had gone to meet his wife who had just delivered a new baby.
But for some reasons, the request by the President’s wife did not seem acceptable to Sabiu, thus what began as a peaceful encounter was said to have quickly degenerated into a heated argument as Sabiu insisted he was not the only aide to travel to Lagos saying that the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is in Lagos every weekend till he settles in Abuja, and wondered why the double standard requiring his self-isolation for visiting his own wife who just delivered a new baby.
But the first lady in company of her children and her aides were said to have raided Sabiu’s premises using abusive words and according to presidential sources who witnessed the incident, the encounter became intense leading to the escape of Sabiu after gunshots were fired by the First Lady’s ADC in an attempt to apprehend him. The President’s aide have had to breach walls to run for his life and escape to the nearby residence of President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, where he spent the night.
THISDAY also reports that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, after receiving security report on the incident on Friday where gunshots were fired in the precincts of the Presidential Villa, ordered the arrest of the Aide-de-camp to the first lady and all the security aides that accompanied her to Sabiu’s residence.
Sources in the State House also told THISDAY that following the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, the President’s former chief of Staff who died as a result of COVID-19 complications, the first lady had been moving to expand her influence within the State House but believed that some of her husband’s relatives, including Sabiu, were blocking her from achieving that objective.
She however seized the opportunity provided by Sabiu’s visit to Lagos to attempt to clip his wings by demanding that he should self-isolate so as not to endanger the first family.
THISDAY also reported that Sabiu was not the first presidential aide that did not self-isolate after travelling out of Abuja.
Two of the President’s daughters, Zahra and Halima, were also said to have visited their in-laws when Halima’s husband’s uncle died recently and didn’t self-isolate when they returned to the Villa, sources further revealed.
The incident was however brought into the open by the First Lady on Friday night when she called on IGP Adamu to release her aides from detention.