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First Lady, Aisha Buhari warns husband – “Shape Up or Lose my Vote in 2019” -“You belong to my kitchen, bedroom and other rooms” Buhari responds (So ignorant)

 

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Nigerian President Muhammadu 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.
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.”
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President Buhari (L) may not be able to rely on Mrs Buhari’s (C) support if he chooses to run again in 2019
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.”
Born on 17 February 1971 in north-eastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state, Aisha Buhari is the granddaughter of the nation’s first Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu.
She married Muhammadu Buhari in 1989. They have five children together, a boy and four girls.
In 1995 she opened the Hanzy Spa, northern Nigeria’s first beauty parlour, in Kaduna State, after obtaining a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute in the UK.
She published the book “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists” in 2014.
She is an advocate of human rights and has donated money to help the families of victims of Boko Haram after more than 250 girls were kidnapped by the militant group in 2014.
She caused upset in Nigeria last year after appearing in public wearing an expensive-looking watch, which led some to ask whether she was undermining Mr Buhari’s “man of the people” image.
Mrs Buhari was also criticised on social media for attempting to shake hands with the Alaafin of Oyo, a leading chief of the Yoruba people.
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, who at 45, is 23 years her husband’s junior, said he had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.
Her grandfather was Nigeria’s first defence minister.
“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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