Presidency slams Fayose for linking Aisha Buhari with convicted US congressman

Presidency slams Fayose for linking  Aisha Buhari with convicted US congressman
June 21 20:06 2016

The Presidency has lashed out at Ekiti state
governor, Ayo Fayose over his attempt to link President Buhari’s
wife, Aisha, to US Congressman
William Jefferson’s bribery
scandal for which he was convicted in 2009.

In a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Garba Shehu, the Presidency said ordinarily it would have ignored
Fayose because he was a man
“childishly obsessed with the
desire to grab the headlines and
insulting people at will because of
his incurably boorish instincts.”
Garba explained however that
”the Presidency chose to respond
on this occasion for the sake of
innocent Nigerians who might be
misled by  Fayose’s shameless
and blatant distortion of facts.

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He said ignoring  Fayose 
carried the risk of giving traction
and credibility to outright and
brazen falsehoods inconsistent
with the status of anybody that
 calls himself a Governor or
leader.
According to the statement, Aisha
had no direct, indirect or the
remotest connection with William 
Jefferson’s corruption scandal in
the United States.
He challenged Fayose to tell
 Nigerians if the so-called Aisha
whose pictures he proudly, but
ignorantly shared, was the same
Aisha married to President
Muhammadu Buhari, or if the
Aisha of his idle imagination had
any relationship by blood or any
relationship in whatever form
with President Buhari’s wife.
Shehu also challenged
Fayose to produce evidence from
the records of investigation and
subsequent trial of Jefferson to
prove that Buhari’s wife
 Aisha was in anyway linked to
that scandal.

He explained that common
names alone were not enough to automatically
link innocent people to crimes or scandals,
especially in an era of identity thieves.
He further challenged  Fayose to show
proof when and where Aisha Buhari was
invited for interrogation in connection with
Congressman William Jefferson’s bribery
scandal, let alone indicted for a crime locally
or abroad.
According to the Shehu, free
speech does not entitle Governor Fayose to
falsely accuse innocent people of crimes they
knew nothing about.
He warned Fayose that Aisha Buhari was
entitled to protect her reputation from being
recklessly maligned, adding that political
opposition was not a licence to attack people’s
reputation brazenly without legal
consequences.