Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says she may not support a second term bid of her husband. Mrs Buhari is calling for a shake up within the government.
She told the BBC Hausa service in a interview published on Friday that her husband did not know most of the government officials he had appointed, and that many had been nominated due to the influence of a few people.
“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,” Aisha Buhari said.
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 about whether the president was in charge, she said: “That is left for the people to decide.”
Buhari, a 73-year-old former military ruler, was elected in 2015 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) which toppled the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which had ruled Africa’s most populous country for the last 16 years.
The APC campaign largely fought on a pledge to crush the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and crack down on corruption. Buhari has yet to disclose whether he will seek re-election in 2019.
“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,” she added.
Aisha further claimed that appointees to senior positions had gotten their positions because of the influence wielded by a “few people,” whiles party activists who fought for the electoral victory are no where in the administration.
Nigeria, which has Africa’s largest economy, is in recession for the first time in 25 years, largely due to a fall global oil prices, which has slashed the state’s main source of income.
The sad thing is, I don't trust Buhari's own understanding of what a democracy is, enough to recommend that he teach Aisha Buhari.— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) October 14, 2016
I have seen up to 20 different interpretations of Aisha Buhari's interview. You people are the best aswear!— Omo GbajaBiamila (@OccupyNaija) October 14, 2016
Aisha Buhari's interview looks like the kind of stunt the Underwoods would pull off in House Of Cards— Kay™ (@Priiincekay) October 14, 2016
Aisha Buhari is definitely one of the factors making it hard for Buhari to govern this country efficiently— billgate wannabe (@mr__prolifik__) October 14, 2016
Aisha Buhari has guts. Strangely, the fact that she could talk makes me see Buhari in a different light. He is not gagging her at least.— Victor Asemota (@asemota) October 14, 2016
Aisha Buhari isn't speaking for me, probably not for you too. She's speaking for those partisans who expected rewards for supporting Buhari.— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) October 14, 2016
Nigeria's democracy is the most abnormal in the world. You have to wonder why Aisha Buhari had to go public with her concerns.— Nnamdi Anekwe-Chive (@nnamdianekwe) October 14, 2016