BBC Hausa Service Interview: Nigeria’s First Lady Voices Anger At ‘Destroyers’ Of Govt

The BBC through their popular BBC Hausa Service is under intense pressure from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet to pre-empt the broadcast of the explosive interview granted by the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari – scheduled to be aired on Saturday, according to a report . . .

The interview is due for broadcast on Saturday, but the President is said to have reached out to his wife, who is currently in London, to stop granting further interviews to the media.

Buhari . Buhari & wife, Aisha

In excerpts that have been widely reported in the media (including Niger Reporters), Aisha Buhari (photoabove: right) is quoted as saying that the President (photo above: left) had ditched those who really worked for his victory at the polls in the 2015 presidential election and is instead focusing on those that didn’t participate, including those without voter cards.

The Nigerian First Lady was expressing frustration with members of President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet, particularly his nephew, Mamman Daura; and his powerful chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.  They are widely-held as having shunted aside those who worked tirelessly for President Buhari to come to power.

She also said the President did not know a majority of his ministers before appointing them to office.

Unnamed People Reaping Where They Didn’t Sow – Aisha Buhari

Buhari . Hajia Aisha Buhari . official portrait

The wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, on Tuesday accused some unnamed people of creating divisions among members of her husband’s political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his administration (Nigerian government). The President’s wife responded to many questions in Hausa language – translated later into English language.

In her interviewer she talked about the vast number of her husband’s voters who made his ascension to power possible. In response to a question on whether the President knew those causing the problems for his government, Aisha Buhari said she is sure that the president can see. Mrs. Buhari who also revealed that her husband has not told her his plans for the 2019 election year, said “He has not told me but I have decided.”

Mrs. Aisha Buhari leveled the allegations in an interview she granted the Hausa Service of the BBC which was aired in part on Tuesday:

BBC Hausa Service

On president’s victory

“This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered, but are no where today. Those who didn’t do anything who don’t even have voters’ card are the ones in position, doing everything.”

On the president’s voters

“What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people,”

On unnamed people causing problems for president

“Whether he knows or he doesn’t know, those who voted for him know. There is nothing I will tell him. He can see. Among all the people he selected, if he is asked among 50 people, he doesn’t know 45. I don’t know them despite staying with him for 25 years.”

The BBC promised to air the full interview on Friday and Saturday where her full views would become public.

© 2016 Nigerian News Desk • Aisha Buhari • BBC Hausa Service
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