The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Sunday cautioned Nigerians on the dangers of spreading fake news shortly after she returned from a medical leave from the United kingdom.
First lady Aisha Buhari speaks with newsmen after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja early Sunday morning
She expressed gratitude to almighty God for journey mercy back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom after a medical was advised by her doctor.
“It has been a tradition for us. For like 20 to 27 years now, if our children are on holiday, we used to spend the holiday with them.“I never abandon my children and last year, I went to Spain and spent two months with Zahra when she gave birth.“So, the same this year’s holiday in the U.K, I fell sick; so, I stayed back to see a doctor and the doctor advised me to stay back to attend to my health.“From the U.K, I travelled to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and returned to England on doctor’s advice and they also advised that I should slow down my activities.’’
Meanwhile, there was controversy during the week as social media was awash with rumours that President Buhari was to marry the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, as his second wife.
Though the wedding never took place, many worshippers trooped to the Presidential Villa Mosque on Friday where the President went to observe the Jumat prayer with the hope of witnessing the rumoured wedding.
Speaking on this matter, the first lady cautioned Nigerians against spreading fake news, saying that it does no good to anyone and urged relevant stakeholders to make efforts to stem the act.
“The genesis of this fake news started when my husband fell sick and perpetrators of this act were showing fake Ambulance, Hospital and dead body suggesting that my husband is dead.“That time, I received so many calls from other first ladies and presidents of other countries to confirm; so I called the attention of NCC, NBC and the National Orientation Agency.“Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect,’’ she said.
Aisha has not been in the country for nearly three months since the completion of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia between August 9 and 14.