It was earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet were mounting pressures on BBC Hausa not to air the controversial interview Aisha Buhari granted it some days ago.
However, the radio station in response has revealed that the only person that has the power to stop them from airing the said interview was the First Lady herself.
Recall that Mrs. Buhari had in the interview with BBC Hausa, said that her husband, Buhari, has sidelined the people who worked tirelessly for his emergence as the president in the 2015 election while many people who contributed nothing to his victory are the ones benefiting from his government.
According to DailyTrust, a source within the Abuja Bureau of the BBC disclosed that they had received a letter from the Presidency asking for the interview not to be aired. The source in addition, also made it known that the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, has equally made an attempt to informally persuade the BBC against airing the interview.
Nevertheless, all efforts to ensure that the interview is drowned has been fruitless as the source further stated that the network wouldn’t back down on its promise to air the interview being an independent media organisation.
The source maintained that the interview will not be aired by the broadcast service only if the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, decides against it. Even in that case, he explained, her voice, renouncing what she had said in the interview would be aired.
Therefore, until the First Lady orders otherwise, a part of the interview will be aired in the morning broadcast of BBC Hausa tomorrow and will be aired in full on its programme, ‘Gane Mini Hanya’, on Saturday.