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Presidency Says Buhari Not Shy Around Women; Denies Fake Presidential Aide

By Funmilayo Omidiji

The Presidency has rejected the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is shy around women.

Reacting to a statement credited to (one Gideon Samani) in National publication Thursday, Buahri’s SA on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adeshina Friday, in a statement held that such an advance was “totally fallacious”.

Adeshina stated that the subsequent attribution of the supposedly “low number” of female Ministerial nominees to President Buhari’s alleged shyness around women was therefore baseless and a figment of the imagination of the said Mr. Samani, who was falsely described as the “Senior Special Assistant (Political Matters) to the President.

The assertion by the alleged Presidential Aide that President Buhari Adeshina added was “very shy dealing with the opposite sex” because “he has been interacting mostly with men,” was received by the President with shock and consternation.

On contrary, the statement declared that there was no Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters, in the office of the President for now and Mr. Samani who was purported to have spoken as the Representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation at a public function yesterday, was not an aide of the President.

“Mr Samani is certainly not an official spokesman of the President. Therefore, he could not have spoken on behalf of President Buhari, who is the President of all Nigerians, men and women alike.
President Buhari has a wife, many daughters and female relatives whom he loves dearly. He also had a mother that he adored. How then could he be shy in the company of women, to the point of allegedly not appointing them into public offices, on account of not being comfortable in their company?” asked the President aide.

Adeshina however stressed that Nigerian women could be assured that Mr. President holds them in the highest esteem and would always give them due consideration in the discharge of his official responsibilities, insisting that the statements attributed to Mr. Samani were untrue and unauthorized, therefore should be disregarded.

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