Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has debunked the allegation of illegal forex dealing levelled against her by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) threatening to sue the party if it continues to peddle unfounded claims against her.
Using the hashtag, #CorruptionAndBuhari, the PDP had claimed that Aisha was a beneficiary of a $22million allocation from the Central Bank of Nigeria. “First Lady Aisha Buhari got $22m forex from CBN on the instructions of Emefiele (CBN Governor) and the company sold at N362 same day,” the PDP tweeted.
In a series of tweets from her official Twitter account, she denied the allegation, saying she has not and would never be involved in any illegal dealings.
Spokesperson to President Buhari, Garba Shehu was the first to come on the line of fire, accused of collecting $800,000. Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazau was accused of collecting $6million via a bureau de change with ties to him and Chief of staff, Abba Kyari was also accused of collecting $400,000.
Aisha’s company was accused of collecting $22million at the rate of N185 and then selling it off at N362 same day.
In the last of the accusations, the party claimed that in 7 months, President Buhari has withdrawn $23m forex from CBN for foreign travel expenses and estacode.
Aisha however replied the party Saturday night, threatening legal action.
The CBN also described the allegations as false.
It tweeted by the handle @UnofficialCBN: “@cenbank never sold dollars at N185 – $1. Devaluations were from N155 to N167 and N197. CBN only does wholesale allocation to banks (Selling dollars to banks at wholesale). Only banks can determine customers they sell to.
“That’s how the Wholesale Dutch Auction System works. @cenbank does not sell dollars to any individual or group directly. Banks publish final recipients of dollars every week in all major newspapers as directed by the #CBN, so as to promote transparency.
“So, the PDP is only being mischievous and silly. What’s the big revelation? How did PDP know how much the recipients sold the dollars in the open market even if they ended up doing so?
“Simply another smear campaign by Gov. Emefiele’s detractors to connect his name to everything wrong, both imagined, fabricated, or real. As Gov. Oshiomole aptly and succinctly posited recently, these faceless persons will be unmasked soon as ‘palmwine drinkers”.