SHOCKING!!!! Aisha Buhari Confirms Nigeria Has Been Hijacked From APC By Husband’s Friends-Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari has accused her husband of allowing his government hijacked by some cabal mafia who were not part of the political party that put him in power.
According to her, she is completely embarrassed that the nation had been let down and that unless there is obvious turn around from his husband’s current posture of allowing his government being taken over, she would not be part of any future campaign to return his husband back to power.
Responding to questions during a BBC interview, Aisha warned that her support for her husband for 2019 election will rest on the her husband’s readiness to shakeup his government.
The soft spoken Aisha Buhari in a BBC Hausa interview monitored in Kano said that Buhari’s government has been hijacked by cabal who are “behind presidential appointments”.
Aisha Buhari claimed that her husband “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed and the officials were only taking over his government after the election even though they were not part of the political party that saw him to power.
According to her, some powerful people were behind the presidents appointments adding that it was obvious the government had been hijacked by a “few people” who have been behind presidential appointments.
Mr Buhari was elected last year after forming a big alliance with NIgeria’s second largest political party, Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) and other small opposition parties, promising to turn round the fortune of the nation, especially tackling corruption and nepotism in government.
Aisha’s revelation had laid credence to many claims that the old cabal which had controlled the destiny of the nation since the end of the civil war are in charge of the country.
For Aisha to have braved-up to do the impossible, it has shown the level of the discontent even by those close to the first lady voicing out to her impressions of the public about her husband.
According to BBC’s Naziru Mikailu who conducted the interview, Aisha’s decision to go public with her concerns will shock many people, but it shows the level of discontent with the president’s leadership.
With the sort of opinion, it is being held in many quarters that the first lady may emerge more popular than the husband being looked at as a well-meaning Nigerian who would rather die for the truth rather than defending falsehood which this government has been reputed for since taking over power.
On the eve of Buhari’s inauguration and days after, a former Nigerian Military dictator, Abdulsalam Abubakar was in Aso Rock playing a major role in the affairs of the State House and especially welcoming visitors to the State House.
During an invitation of the former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke to Aso Rock where she was being cavorted to appeal to the Niger Deltans elders that Buhari would treat the region with equity, it was Abdulsalam who was seen receiving the former Petroleum Minister, a scene that some APC die-hards interpreted as Madueke begging for leniency and exoneration from being probed.
BBC on how AISHA influenced Buhari’s election
Aisha Buhari campaigned vigorously for her husband in last year’s election in Nigeria, organising town hall meetings with women’s groups and youth organisations across the country.
However, she kept a low profile at the start of the administration and was barely seen or heard. She was restricted to her work on the empowerment of women and helping victims of the Boko Haram conflict in the north-east of the country where she is from. This is one of reason why this damning interview has caught the attention of many Nigerians.
It is a significant blow for Mr Buhari, who has a reputation for being a tough, no-nonsense president.
Her comments also bolster accusations that his government has been hijacked by a small group of individuals.
Critics say a large number of people have been appointed because of their relationship with those people in one way or the other.
Mrs Buhari was prompted to to speak out in an effort to end those practices so that party loyalists who contributed to his election victory could benefit.
Her critics say she is speaking out only because she failed to convince the president to appoint her own people.
However, as the closest person to the president, she must have exhausted all avenues before criticising him in the media.
The comments could also mark a turning point for a government that has clearly struggled to deal with economic recession and is facing growing disquiet within the ruling party.
The Nigerian economy, battered by low global oil prices and a currency devaluation, officially entered recession in August for the first time in a decade.
Oil sales account for 70% of government income.
The president famously remarked at his inauguration that he “belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody”.
In the interview with Naziru Mikailu from BBC Hausa, Mrs Buhari said: “The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”