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Aisha Buhari’s interview unsettles Presidency

The interview granted by wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, to the BBC alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had been hijacked has created a storm in the Presidency, Saturday PUNCH has learnt.

The interview was said to have been seen by Buhari’s handlers as “unnecessary and a distraction.”

A top Presidency source told our correspondent on  condition of anonymity that efforts to stop the BBC from releasing the full interview failed.

The source said this was apparently because the media house had already released snippets and promised the public to make full details available.

“I can confirm to you that some persons in the Presidency tried hard to stop the BBC from airing the interview but it was clearly too late. We cannot really explain what led the woman into this. This is not necessary at all,” the source said.

Meanwhile, investigation by our correspondent showed that the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari; and the President’s nephew, Mamman Daura, are the subjects of Mrs. Buhari’s outbursts.

When asked by her interviewer to name those she claimed hijacked her husband’s government, the President’s wife declined, saying they could be seen on television.

Investigation showed that Kyari is one of the power brokers in the present administration.

He is believed to have the ears of the President and plans his schedule, deciding who to see and who not to see Buhari.

Daura is also believed to be very close to Buhari to the point of making inputs in many of the President’s major decisions, including appointment.

Although he holds no political office in this dispensation, Daura is believed to have considerable inputs in the choice of those who emerged as ministers, especially those from the North.

He is always seen around the President even outside the country.

He was among a few family members who were with Buhari when he travelled to London during his last medical vacation.

Kyari and Daura are believed to have contributed to Buhari’s emergence.

Presidential spokesmen declined comments on the matter.

Both Buhari and his wife are currently outside the country.

The President had on Thursday embarked on a three-day official visit to Germany. He is expected back in the country on Saturday (today).

Mrs. Buhari is also currently in London, where she granted the controversial interview.

But a source said she might travel to Brussels from London before she will return to Abuja.


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