FACT CHECK: Did Aisha Buhari taunt Isa Pantami as claimed?

On her Instagram handle on Sunday, September 12, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady, sent a message to Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, who had been bitterly criticised for an earlier remark on terrorism. 

Aisha buhari’s comment was written in Hausa after the minister reacted to a recitation from the Holy Quran with suppressed sobbing as he reminisced on the mindless killings in Nigerians. 

Her simple message to Pantami read:
“Achire tsoro ayi abinda ya dace.” Translated into English, it means: “Be courageous to do the right thing”. 

Verification

Moreover, since she did not say more than what is contained in the text in question, it is difficult and as such probably misleading to draw extreme conclusions about her intended meaning. 

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Echoing this position, BBC Pidgin through one of its publications on Monday, September 13, made available a rejoinder from the president’s wife a few hours later. In her statement, Aisha disclosed that she used Pantami’s video to make a point about how doing the right thing without fear will lead to good results.

Verdict

At least her explanation has put to rest the controversy that erupted from a harmless expression of concern over the worrisome state of security in the country. 

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