SaharaReporters has learned details of the First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Buhari’s upcoming trip to the United States this August. News of Mrs. Buhari’s trip to the US follows accusations by embattled Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose that she was involved in the famous Halliburton scandal and, as a consequence, cannot go to the US for fear of being arrested.
Independent investigations by SaharaReporters and the New York Times have found that the First Lady Aisha Buhari is not the same "Aisha Buhari" involved with the Halliburton scandal, despite Mr. Fayose’s persistent remarks.
According to an official invitation letter obtained by SaharaReporters, Mrs. Buhari is expected to be in the US from August 1st to the 10th and will be attending bilateral meetings at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She will also be hosted by the United States Institute of Peace in collaboration with Voice of America media organization.
The invitation also says that Mrs. Buhari “will attend the 25th Anniversary celebration of Zumunta Association USA Inc.”
The letter was signed by Hajo Sani, the Senior Special Assistant (Administration), on behalf of Mrs. Buhari.
It will be recalled that SaharaReporters previously published a report, based off of leaked documents from the US State Department, that Mr. Fayose had his US visa revoked since 2006 following evidence of his sponsoring violence in Ekiti State and for corrupt practices. This visa revocation means that Mr. Fayose is unable to travel to the US legally.