Wife to Nigerian President Aisha Buhari in her yet-to-be aired interview with BBC Hausa has warned him that she may not back him at the next election. She suggested the government had been hijacked, saying a few people were behind presidential appointments
In the BBC interview, Aisha Buhari was quoted as saying: “After receiving complains and complains, I decided to tell him (President Buhari). But, all the same, a lot of People are coming on their own and also collectively to tell him that things are not going the way it should.
“Most of these people occupying some agencies, No 1: Nobody knows them. No 2: They don’t know our party manifesto, they don’t know what we campaigned for. They were not part of us completely”.
“They don’t a mission or vision of our APC. I have my own right to say how i feel about something. If it continues like this, I will not be part of any movement again. I need to work with the people that we have started the Journey collectively as a teamwork. So that he would leave a legacy.”
“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.”
“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.”
Asked to name those who had hijacked the government, she refused, saying: “You will know them if you watch television.”
On whether the president was in charge, she said: “That is left for the people to decide.”
Mrs Buhari said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.
“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.”
Asked what she regarded as the government’s major achievement, she said it was to improve security in the north-east where militant Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009.
“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,” Mrs Buhari said, referring to the city which was once the headquarters of the militant group.
When asked if she told her Husband all this, she said “Yeah he know, He knows.”
Listen to her first audio clips…