The Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia reportedly gave the family of the former vice-president of the country, Namadi Sambo, preferential treatment over the first lady, Aisha Buhari, and her children when both families visited the Kingdom to perform the lesser hajj, Umrah.
Report by Leadership claims that both families arrived in Saudi Arabia this week for Umrah and while Aisha Buhari and her five children were allotted a two-bedroom accommodation, an apartment of eight-rooms was obtained for the 15 members of the former vice president’s family.
According to the report, not even a single protocol officer and vehicles was posted by the embassy to attend to the president’s family.
However, a protocol officer and vehicles from the embassy were attached to the former vice president and his family.
An embassy source revealed claimed that Buhari’s wife had travelled to Saudi Arabia via Emirate Airline instead of the presidential jet.
She reportedly sought alternative accommodation by herself at her own expense, to accommodate her and her children.
However, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was said to have provided an official vehicle to convey the Nigerian president’s family around as it is done for the families of all visiting heads of state.
A source further revealed that the Consular-General, Ahmed Umar, is still loyal to the former government on the ground that Sambo was the one behind his ambassadorial appointment.
The source added that even the two-bedroom apartment allotted to the president’s family was a result of the efforts of the Ambassador, Alhaji Abubakar Bunu, and not the Consular-General.