Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has warned her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari that she is likely not to support him in the 2019 elections, for a second tenure. Speaking in a BBC interview with Naziru Mikailu, the wife of the Nigerian President revealed that the county’s government has been hijacked by a “few people” who are behind presidential appointments.
Aisha Buhari lamented over several factors surrounding the unprecedented fall in the country’s economy which is said to be in recession. She revealed that the President himself does not even know most of the top officials he has appointed. According to Nigeria’s First Lady,
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.
She continued that most of these appointees do not share the vision of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and as a result; are destroying the supposed legacy they are meant to leave behind. She however, mentioned the improvement of security in the north-east of Nigeria, as her husband’s major achievement.
President Muhammadu Buhari was elected in 2015 with the promise of bringing about a change, and specifically to tackle corruption and nepotism in government. But the reverse has since been the case in Nigeria, considering the profound depreciation of the economy, which has literally brought the people to tears.
When asked to name those who had hijacked the government, the First Lady refused calling names but rather, told the interviewer to watch out for them on the TV.
She warned that although her husband has not told her if he would contest in the 2019 election, she may not back him unless he ‘shakes up’ his government. She stressed that if things continue the way they are up to 2019, she will not go out and campaign again, asking any woman to vote like she did before.
Her interview has sparked up controversies among political stakeholders. Authorities had tried preventing BBC from airing the controversial interview, but the service had maintained the only way it will not air the interview is for the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, to decide against it.