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Private Visit Of Some Of 36 Nigeria’s Governors Wives To Dubai EXPO And Aisha Buhari’s Birthday Was Bad Optics

The Oasis Reporters

March 3, 2022


Bisi Fayemi, Chairperson of Nigeria’s Governors Wives Forum.

Reaction of Erelu Bisi Fayemi, wife of Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi is doing very little to douse the street talk in the media that the visit was insensitive as much as it was bad optics at a time Nigerians are going through a very harsh phase, without electricity and petrol for the use of the people.

See some reactions on Twitter:

John-Ezeakolam@JohnEzeakolam·Mar 2

We call Nigeria d most significant zoo d world has ever seen; they say we are rude & inconsequential. Here u will find Nigeria’s governor’s wives, led by Bisi Fayemi, who travelled to Dubai to present Aisha Buhari, “Nigeria’s First-Lady resident in Dubai”, with a birthday cake.

Just My View@TadePTA·Mar 1Copied:
‘Nigeria’s governors’ wives led by Bisi Fayemi traveled to Dubai to present Aisha Buhari birthday cake. All on public funds. What a nation

In Hausa language, Hausa
@legitnghausa tweets:

Kungiyar matan gwamonin Najeriya ta musanta cewa ta wanki kafa takanas har zuwa Dubai domin kai wa Aisha Buhari keke da furannii
Bisi Fayemi, uwargidan gwamnan Ekiti ta sanar da cewa ziyarar aiki suka kai birnin kuma aka yi sa’a ranar ta ratsa
Dalilin da yasa muka yi bikin zagayowar ranar haihuwar Aisha Buhari a Dubai, Matan Gwamnoni

Bisi Fayemi: NGWF Members Were Not In Dubai Solely For Aisha Buhari’s Birthday
Jackson Ude

Nigeria’s governors’ wives led by Bisi Fayemi traveled to Dubai to present Aisha Buhari with a birthday cake. No fuel in Nigeria for the common man but Aisha and her husband can enjoy life outside of Nigeria while citizens suffer!



It was however learnt that Engr. (Mrs) Tamunominini Makinde, wife of Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde wasn’t at the party.

Bisi Fayemi@bisiafayemi who is Co-founder, African Women’s Development Fund|Feminist Thinker & Activistl CEO Above Whispers l Writer l First Lady, Ekiti State has thus issued a press statement to put the issues out from her viewpoint:


Our attention has been drawn to a social media post shared on the 1st of March
2022 suggesting that some Nigerian Governors’ Wives were in Dubai to surprise the First Lady of Nigeria Dr. Aisha Buhari on the occasion of her birthday on the 17th of February 2022.


For the avoidance of doubt and in the interest of the public, the Nigerian
Governors Wives were on the entourage of the First Lady of Nigeria who was on
an official trip to the UAE.

The trip included visits to Dubai Expo 2020, and tours of the Dubai e-learning
center, Dubai Youth Hub and meetings with foundations and agencies in UAE who
are interested in investing in education, health and technology in Africa, with
priority given to women and young people.

The trip coincided with the birthday of HE Aisha Buhari. On the morning of her
birthday, which was February 17th, the delegation of Governors’ Wives paid a
private visit to present a cake and flowers. After the brief presentation, we
proceeded to attend the scheduled meetings for the day.

We were therefore dismayed to see footage of the visit interpreted to mean
Governors’ Wives left Nigeria for the sole purpose of celebrating HE’s birthday.

This is not true and we find this assumption scandalous. We are all dedicated to supporting our spouses as well as our First Lady, and we would never be a party to anything that will bring embarrassment to them and ourselves.

Our key learnings from our visit to the various agencies in Dubai and the briefings we received points to the need for Nigeria to scale up investments in education, science and technology and provide more opportunities for young people, who are the key to the future. We will continue to address these issues in our own work as well as advocate for increased commitments in these areas from our leaders.

HE Erelu Bisi Fayemi
Chair, Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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