Updated: February 25, 2021
In a surprising statement by her spokesman on Sunday, the wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, said she did not condemn the suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria on Friday by her husband.
“The attention of wife of the President has been drawn to a post on social media to the effect that she condemned the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria,” said the statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C. and issued by spokesman Suleiman Haruna.
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“It is important to inform Nigerians that wife of the President has not made any public statements on the matter and therefore the commentary is untrue and fake.
“This is highly condemnable and we therefore advise the purveyors of such news to recant and desist henceforth”.
Buhari suspended the CJN on Friday over a court case the government instituted against him, saying that he falsely declared his assets.
The suspension triggered outrage, with the Nigerian Senate President calling it a coup and the House of Representatives Speaker comparing President to Adolf Hitler.
Many saw it as a return of Nigeria to dictatorship, especially because it came only weeks to presidential and parliamentary elections.