Wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha
Buhari has explained why he sued
Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.
Mrs. Buhari who spoke through her
counsel, Mary Ekpere-Eta of Mary
Ekpere & Co, Legal Practitioners said
she took the decision to let the public
know that “nobody is above the law.”

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She is suing Fayose for defamation of
character. Ekpere-Eta also said that
“most importantly,” suing Fayose was
to let the public know that “the
clause is inexhaustible. It can be
unveiled in certain instances.”
Fayose had on July 8, 2016, through
his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome
said Mrs. Buhari should wait till
October 16, 2018, when he would be
leaving office before having recourse
to the law, premising his position on
the immunity
clause which precludes him from any
legal attack.
But Mrs. Buhari disagreed, saying the
law also presupposes and presumes
that any person holding a position of
authority should be responsible.
“And when such a person conducts
himself irresponsibly, the clause of
immunity maybe unveiled,” she said.
While expressing hope that justice
would be done in the case, the
president’s wife stated that Fayose
ought to be a role model in the society
as a governor.
Buhari also said getting justice in the
case would have nothing to do with
the influence of the first family,
noting that the judiciary of Nigeria
was doing its best and cannot be
influenced by anybody irrespective of
the office, but works strictly according
to the rule of law. On the confusion
between the Jefferson case and the
Halliburton scandal, Mrs. Buhari said
it was the duty of Fayose to enlighten
the public about his facts.
Counsel to the president’s wife had
written a letter dated June 22, 2016, to
Governor Fayose, demanding a
retraction of the governor’s statement
that the president’s wife was involved
in the Halliburton scandal. She
threatened legal action if the
retraction wasnot made within five
But in the letter dated July 8, 2016,
Ozekhome affirmed that the statement
made regarding the involvement of
Mrs. Buhari in the Halliburton scandal
was “correct and justified in law,
having regards to a court judgment
convicting one Mr William Jefferson
for bribery in the Halliburton case.”

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