The Presidency has expressed
disbelief and consternation over
a report that President
Muhammadu Buhari, is not
entirely comfortable around
women.

It had been reported by some
news platforms that Buhari’s
shyness around women is
responsible for the few women
included in his ministerial list.

But the Presidency says the
claim is untrue and the quoted
Special Assistant who made the
revelation, is unknown.

Special Adviser to the President
on Media and Publicity, Femi
Adesina, released a statement
addressing the matter on
Friday.

“The claim that President
Muhammadu Buhari is shy
around women, purportedly
made by one Gideon Samani
yesterday and published by a
national newspaper today is
totally fallacious.

“The subsequent attribution of
the supposedly “low number”
of female ministerial nominees
to President Buhari’s alleged
shyness around women is
therefore baseless and a
figment of the imagination of
the said Mr. Samani, who was
falsely described as the “Senior
Special Assistant (Political
Matters) to the President.

“The assertion by the alleged
Presidential Aide that President
Buhari is “very shy dealing with
the opposite sex” because “he
has been interacting mostly
with men,” was received by the
President with shock and
consternation.

“For one thing, there is no
Senior Special Assistant, Political
Matters, in the office of the
President for now and Mr.
Samani who was said to have
spoken as the Representative of
the Secretary to the Government
of the Federation at a public
function yesterday, is not an
aide of the President.

“Mr Samani is certainly not an
official spokesman of the
President. Therefore, he could
not have spoken on behalf of
President Buhari, who is the
President of all Nigerians, men
and women alike.

“President Buhari has a wife,
many daughters and female
relatives whom he loves dearly.
He also had a mother that he
adored. How then could he be
shy in the company of women,
to the point of allegedly not
appointing them into public
offices, on account of not being
comfortable in their company?

“Nigerian women can be
assured that the President holds
them in the highest esteem and
will always give them due
consideration in the discharge
of his official responsibilities.

“The statements attributed to
Mr Samani are and
unauthorized. They should
therefore be disregarded.”

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