Hours after the wide-spread rumour about Aisha Buhari being pregnant, the first lady ordered all her staff to proceed on leave until further notice.
The indefinite leave was annouced in a statement signed by Dr. Mohammed Kamal, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Office of the First Lady on Health and Development Partners.
The statement posted on the official Instagram page of the first lady read, “This serves to inform all staff that the office of the First Lady will be closed for the upcoming festive period of Christmas and New Year. To this end, all staff are requested to proceed on leave, until further notice”.
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“Please note that official engagements and work can also continue virtually as it was done previously”, the statement added.
Photos that looked like the Aisha Buhari was pregnant had surfaced online after her arrival from the Turkey-Africa summit – a summit she attended alongside President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, these rumors had been vehemently debunked by Aisha’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Haruna.
Speaking with BBC Pidgin, Haruna said “can assure you 100 per cent that our first lady is perfectly okay. “She is neither sick nor pregnant as some reports claim. “Some of these reports are from mischief-makers who don’t mean well. You know, nowadays, people can tamper with photos.”