My US Trip Funded with Sponsorship Grant, Personal Funds, Says Aisha Buhari

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Chinedu Eze

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Saturday explained that her ongoing trip to the United States was not being funded with public funds, according to online media reports.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, Mrs. Buhari said the trip was being funded with personal funds and sponsorship grant, adding that “We sponsored even the government officials that came with us on this trip”.

The president’s wife explained that the Buhari administration was not funding her office and that her role was just a supportive one to complement her husband’s services to the country.

She said the office of First Lady had become a tradition in almost all nations of the world, not just Nigeria. “All that we are doing is to help our husbands,” she said. The president’s wife also explained that the Nigerian government had put in place a special programme to help women. She said she held a meeting with the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, before embarking on her U.S. trip on how to sensitise women on ways of taking advantage of the new policy.