President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has sent a very serious warning to her husband threatening that he may have to continue without her backing at the 2019 presidential election unless he reshuffles his government, BBC reports.
This comes amid her controversial BBC interview with Naziru Mikailu which has been raising a lot of dust after a part of it was aired on Tuesday, October 11, following her claims that the people who worked for her husband to become the president have been side-lined while some people have taken over his government.
She also said that the government had been hijacked by a “few people” who were responsible for presidential appointments. As a result, she added, president Buhari “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.
She said: “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”
The first lady went on to say that because of the influence wielded by a “few people”, those who did not even share the same vision as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top positions. “Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position”, she said.
When asked to call the names of those who had hijacked the government, she avoided the answer, saying: “You will know them if you watch television.”
Asked if President Buhari was in charge of the nation, Buhari’s wife answered: “That is left for the people to decide.”
Aisha revealed that her husband had not said anything to her concerning his intentions for the forth-coming presidential election in 2019.
“He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”
Revealing what she thinks is the greatest achievement of the present government, Buhari’s wife said it was the improvement of security in the north-east which has been ravaged by the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, since seven years ago. “No-one is complaining about being attacked in their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc. Even kids in Maiduguri have returned to schools,” said the First Lady.
The BBC Hausa Service went on to air more parts of the interview with Aisha Buhari despite pressures from the president and members of his inner caucus not to air the full interview scheduled for Saturday.
The service clearly stated that the only condition for it not to air the interview was for the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, to decide against it. Even in that case, it said, her voice recanting what she had said in the interview would be aired.