Following the demands of the first lady, Aisha Buhari, to the Inspector-general of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to release her aides that are in detention, it has been disclosed by a family member to the President that they are still in detention.
It would be recalled that the issue started on Monday, when the President’s Personal Assistant and Private Secretary, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf, returned from a private trip to Lagos and was refrained from entering the Villa by security. He however forced his way in and later got the First Lady’s aides arrested because of the influence he wields.
According to the source, ’Tunde met the NNPC GMD, Maikanti Baru, who recently died of COVID-19. He also visited several other places. Instead of going on self isolation, he decided to return to the Villa and he is one of the few aides that has direct access to the President.
“The President is almost 80 and he is very vulnerable given his medical history. We advised Tunde not to see the President but he refused and forced his way into the Villa. He was able to get the First Lady’s aides arrested because of the influence he wields.
“We have a rule in the Villa that those who have direct access to the President should reduce their engagement with people. Even the new Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has been adhering to the rule but Tunde seems to be a law unto himself.”
However, despite the call of the first lady to the IGP for the release of her aides, it has been deduced that they are still in detention, prompting claims of an internal crisis in the President’s Villa.