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Presisdent Buhari’s wife has warned him that she may not back him at the next election unless he shakes up his government.

In a BBC interview, Aisha Buhari said the president “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.

She suggested the government had been hijacked, saying a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.
Mr Buhari was elected last year with a promise to tackle corruption and nepotism in government.

His wife’s decision to go public with her concerns will shock many people, but it shows the level of discontent with the president’s leadership, says the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.

The president famously remarked at his inauguration that he “belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody”.

In the interview with Naziru Mikailu, Mrs Buhari 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.”

She said people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts because of the influence a “few people” wield.

“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.


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150 COMMENTS

  1. Hehehe! Na wa o. After all this drama that your husband performs,who will allow him to go there in the next campaign. If you like back him, if you like eat him. Na you sabi. Rubbish. Greedy people. So you are planning to go there the second time. Thief. Nigeria money don sweet am. He better make you die for there no go again. Foolish man.

  2. I thought they said that those who are against some of Buhari policies are either PDP members, wailing wailers, corrupt individuals or Igbo men or women who are suffering from election loss, so Aisha Buhari is one of these?.

  3. lol did I just saw 2019 hmmm madam Aisha you should be tanking God your husband is alive now if you know how many Nigerians that is praying for your Husband death you no go allow him champaign for 2019 but wait for him to be alive and finish his tenor because if things continúe like this God go Answer our prayer oooo

  4. A pure and clear Naija politics. lets wait and Naija voices in 2018. I tell you everybody will shout Sai Baba . inshaAllah. bcos when the mass understand and see physical changes. thr ve no choice.

  5. Who is she deceiving, do these idiots think Nigerians are stil fools and wud fall for their gimmicks. Plssssssssssss, someone shud tell that Aisha of a woman that we are not interested if she backs her mumuish husband or not, dey shud enjoy it while it last for the next one year.

  6. See this woman o, so u and your husband never still no say 2019 nor dey for una abi, if u like back him up or front him down no single soul will vote for your husband again, so after all the damage and suffering u and your husband as put Nigerians true with all this fine makeup for your face because it’s obvious the recession is not affecting u at all, u still want b first lady by 2019 abi? Haba una wicked shall

  7. Aisha Buhari, continue dreaming, mrs dreamer, if u like tell ur husband, in 2018, he should do magic, turn every thing he has turn upside down to upside up, him and his Apc member will never deceive Nigerians again, since my life, i have not seen d goverment dat make his people suffer this way.

  8. If she likes make she front d dullari up or no back up. All we know is they are going to leave and we go celebrate like we did wn abacha died.

  9. if everytin cud change even the mtn caller tone that usually say to copy this tone press 1, is now saying to copy this tone press 11

  10. What we don’t understand is, for a wife to come out and say she’s going to go against her husband, there must have been a way out of these mess or do we all think is possible for someone’s wife to go against her husband

  11. Thought they say bcs he’s experienced dt was one of d reasons he was voted for….hmmm! Wen an exprnced president rules, u wil kno but wen an exprnced COW BREEDER rules, u can tell d difference. Sai baba

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