Read Full Text Of First Lady, Aisha Buhari’s Interview with BBC Hausa


Here is the full text of  the Aisha Buhari’s interview with the BBC Hausa Service that has generated so much uproar within and outside Nigeria. Excerpts

People have goodwill towards President Muhammadu Buhari, especially looking at the things he did before, but since coming into power things have not been working the way they should, what do you thing is the cause?

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I am not a government official, but in my opinion as a woman, a mother, what I think is, it is well known that the first four years are not going to be easy. Firstly, it was people that brought the government into power.

More than half of those people are not appointed into the government. Some people that are not politicians, not professionals were brought into the government. They don’t even know what we said we want and what we don’t during the campaign.

They even come out and say to people we are not politicians, but they are occupying the offices meant for politicians. Some have parted with their wives, some lost their children, some women too have parted with their husbands because of politics, a lot happened during the time.

The way things are going, I too I am not happy. We are just starting we have not finished. Some people that worked for the gove r n m e n t have been appointed.

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But those heading government agencies, you can find one fighting his state governor; they contested together during election one in APC while another in PDP.

Who are those doing these kinds of things?

E verybody knows them. Those people should know that people voted singly. Even Buhari too had one vote. Nobody voted 5 times, 15.429 million People. That one that people are thinking too, he had only some 2 or 3 people.

I am pleading with them to have the people at heart and embrace everybody so that we can all move together. Not even now in 2016 or 17, lot of people are creating divisions within the APC, which is our source of concern.

They think they have worked for the government while those appointed, some of them had no voter’s card. What I fear is uprising of 15.4 million people.

Is the president aware some people are subverting his government?

Whether he knows or he do not, those that voted for him knows.

But you are the closest to him. Did you tell him?

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There is nothing I can tell him, he is seeing things himself. Out of the people he has appointed, take 50, 45 of them, I don’t know them. Perhaps he doesn’t know them too. I have been living with him for 27 years.

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Do you think there are some people that are dictating to the president things to do, not him?

That is what I am saying, those that know they don’t have voters card, they should give chance to those that have, they are the ones that struggled and knows what we want to do.

Some of them if you go to a meeting with them they will tell you, we are not politicians, if somebody is wise, they will not accept to take any political office. They didn’t even work for it. Even if you are asked to, you should say it is not my profession. Those places not headed by politicians will cause people discontent.

One would wonder to hear you say some people have hijacked the government without him knowing, but who do you think are those people?

I don’t know them, I don’t know them. I don’t know them. You will know them if you watch television.

But some people are calling names, saying 2 or 3 are the ones, do you do that as well?

Yes, I agree. Because of those appointed apart from Fashola, Amaechi and some others, not much, I don’t know them, most of us too don’t know them, and he too does not know them.

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One would wonder that Buhari is not the one charge knowing him as a person who had leadership experiences, people would not believe.

Yes it is surprising; nobody thought it is going to be like this. But now that it is so… sometimes when one is doing something wrong without him knowing, but when people talk to them, they should listen.

Because in the future, whether he is going to contest or not, it is that same people that would vote for APC. We hope those people don’t come back, and everybody don’t hope so too.

You said, “whether he is going to contest in the future or not”, has he disclose it to you whether he is standing or not?

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.


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