Trouble in Nigeria’s Aso rock as Aisha Buhari attacks presidential spokesman on Twitter

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By Tope Alake

The wife of Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari accused presidential spokesman Garba Shehu of being disloyal in a strongly worded statement signaling an apparent rift within the president’s inner circle.

Shehu is a “willing tool and executioner” for people who don’t have the president’s best interests at heart, Aisha Buhari said in statement published on her Twitter account that garnered more than 3,200 likes in just a few hours.

“It has become apparent that trust has broken down between my family and Garba Shehu due to the many embarrassments he has caused the presidency and the first family,” the 48-year-old said.

The author of a guide for beauty specialists, Aisha Buhari is known for speaking out against members of government and the ruling All Progressive’s Congress. She returned to the West African nation in October after a prolonged stay in the U.K. as rumors circulated online that her 76-year-old husband had married a second wife. In Monday’s statement, Aisha Buhari also accused Shehu of failing to keep the record straight, without giving further details.

Shehu declined to comment when contacted by phone.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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