President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet have started to mount pressure on the BBC Hausa in an attempt to prevent the broadcast of the interview granted by his wife, Hajia Aisha Buhari.
Part of the interview was aired on Tuesday, October 11 and in it, the First lady made some comments that have caught the attention of Nigerians.
In the two minutes broadcast which has been widely reported in the media, Aisha is heard saying 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.
“This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered but are nowhere today. Those who didn’t do anything who don’t even have voters’ cards are the ones in position, doing everything….”
Mrs. Buhari also said the President did not know a majority of his ministers before appointing them into office.
The interview is slated to be broadcast fully on Saturday, October 15, but according to SaharaReporters, the President and members of his inner caucus are pushing hard in a bid to stop the media house from airing the full interview as it is suspected that the first lady might have said more damaging things. It was also learnt that the president has reached out to his wife, who is currently in London, to stop granting further interviews to the media.
The interview with BBC Hausa was a medium through which the First Lady expressed her frustration with members of President Buhari’s kitchen cabinet especially his nephew, Mamman Daura; and Abba Kyari, the President’s chief of staff, who wield an alarming amount of influence over the leadership of Nigeria.
It was also gathered that despite the fact that the two men did not vote for Buhari in the last election- in fact, neither of them possesses a voter’s card or is registered as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress- yet, they have reportedly become so powerful to the point that Buhari’s ministers have to get the approval of Mr. Daura to get funds released for their projects.
Many people feel disappointed by the way the President is dealing with issues and also the lopsidedness of his appointments and his wife who has been married to him for 25 years appears to be leading a revolt by voicing the concern of a majority of the president’s loyalists who feel he has not done a good job managing the country and the goodwill that accompanied him into office.
Mrs. Buhari while concluding the interview (the part made available to the media) voiced her concerns by saying; “What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people.”