I’ve prepared handover notes to guide you – Aisha Buhari receives, orientates successor, Mrs Tinubu


The outgoing First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has officially
engaged the wife of the President-elect, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, acquainting her
with duties of the Office of First Lady of Nigeria.


Mrs Buhari, who received her successor on Wednesday at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, also handed over some documents to Mrs Tinubu to
serve as guide towards piloting the affairs of the office.


She also handed over the seal of the African First Ladies
Peace Mission to the incoming first lady, being the chief host of all the
spouses of the African heads of state.


Mrs Buhari expressed confidence in the ability of the
incoming first lady to deliver on the task ahead.


NAN reports that the event signalled the formal transition
of official engagements in the office of the first lady of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria.


“As you are all aware, the role of the First Lady is
unconstitutional, but we enjoy the goodwill of the citizens in order to carry
out some basic things, like humanitarian activities.


“We partner with a lot of Non-Governmental Organisations
(NGOs) in order to help our citizens, and I have enjoyed that goodwill for the
last eight years.


“So, I have prepared a handover, just to guide you, and see
the NGOs that we have worked with,” Mrs Buhari said.


Responding, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu appreciated the outgoing
first lady for exhibiting a high sense of leadership and dexterity in handling
the affairs of her office.


“We are very humbled by what you have done, you have
exhibited great leadership and dexterity in the way you do things.


“I want to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart
because you don’t come into this role and say you know it all.


“I know I served many years ago as the governor’s wife for
eight years, but now things have changed and are being done differently. I have
been in the legislative arm for 12 years now.


“We promise you that you will be proud of the work we will
do,” she said.


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