At a dinner organized recently by the First Lady in the State House, Abuja, to thank Nigerian women for their support for the Presidential Candidate of the APC [All Progressive Congress] in the 2015 elections, General Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Hajia Aisha Buhari gave an unusual warning to the yet-to-be appointed aides of her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari.
She averred that unlike in the past when the aides of the First Family collected huge sums of money in bribes from visitors before they could grant them access to the State House, under the Buhari administration, such corrupt practices would not be condoned.
But investigation has revealed that contrary to Hajia Buhari’s public posturing, the reverse is the case with her siblings who have constituted themselves into unofficial aides of the First Family and are collecting huge sums of money from people with the promise to facilitate appointment into public offices, contracts, and other favours from the Buhari administration.
It has been gathered from a reliable source that two of Aisha Buhari’s brothers, Musa Halilu also known as Musa Yola, who is her step brother and Modi Halilu, have teamed up with one Musa Daura, President Buhari’s nephew, to be fleecingNigerians and foreigners alike, who want to have audience with the First Lady.
Investigation into the reprehensible activities of the trio reveals that since the emergence of Buhari as the president-elect, Musa, Modi and Musa Daura made themselves too visible around the First Lady to the extent that they caught the attention of those seeking Hajia Buhari’s audience to influence her husband for one favour or the other, as is customary with a typical Nigerian politician. It is widely believed that because of President Buhari’s tough stance, some people would choose to go through his wife, Aisha, to seek for favours.
The three, who used to be unemployed and survived on patronage, have since moved into permanent suites at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja allegedly on the bill of a Senator who had his eyes on the seat of the Senate President.
Discussions with some members of the APC,who are familiar with the antics of the three young men, indicated that they were known for extorting people who wanted audience with General Buhari or his wife even during the days of the CPC.
It has come to our knowledge that within one month of the declaration of Buhari as the president-elect, Aisha Buhari’s brothers and the president’s cousin, Musa Daura, have come into instant wealth, owning choice properties in the highbrow Maitama District of Abuja, Gwarimpa and on Galadima Road in Kaduna ranging from N150 million to N500 million.
Musa Yola now cruises in a Mercedes E Class worth N18 million and lavishes as much as $30,000 on a prostitute for a one night stand.
It has also been revealed by a source that officials of the Jonathan administration who are afraid of probe by Buhari, especially those in the Oil Sector, have turned into the preys of Aisha Buhari’s brothers. They have been milking them systematically with the promise to reach out to the First Lady for protection against Buhari’s sledgehammer.
State Governors, especially those in the APC have equally become easy targets of extortion by Aisha Buhari’s brothers.
People seeking for appointment as Group Managing Director of NNPC, Accountant General of the Federation, Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Director General, Security and Exchange Commission, Comptroller General, Nigeria Customs Service among other juicy portfolios, have since submitted their resumes to Aisha Buhari’s siblings at the Hilton after parting with huge sums of money in hard currencies.
The conduct of the three is in defiance of Buhari’s directives, who had earlier issued warning to members of his family to steer clear of anything that would bring his administration to disrepute.
As the administration of Buhari takes its shape, people in the know of the conduct of Aisha Buhari’s brothers are watching with keen interest to see how events will unfold in the coming months and years.
Attempts by our correspondents to get the reaction of the trio at the Hilton were rebuffed by security officials bearing weapons.