Aisha’s Explosive BBC Interview Raises Mixed Reaction From Presidency, APC

By Ikenga Chronicles October 15, 2016

Emerging report indicates that heads will soon start to roll  as tension enveloped the nation’s first family.

” Immediately the president arrives from Germany, he will start to cleanse Aso Rock from the cabals that has hijacked the presidency. Some ministers have to go” a source said.

This came as  President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to his wife, Aisha’s, recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service programme.

In responding to his wife’s outburst that  his government had been hijacked by “some cabal” who were not with them from the very start, President Buhari speaking in Berlin, Germany, as part of his state visit to the country, Buhari was reported to have laughed off her allegations, saying: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.

However, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Buhari respects women, citing the appointment of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, as a demonstration of that.

Reacting to the media frenzy ignited by Buhari’s statement that his wife Aisha belonged in the kitchen; Shehu said that Buhari was only joking.

“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense humour anymore? Mr President laughed before that statement was made.”

“He was obviously throwing banter. Politics sometimes should be spiced with humour. Those of us close to him know there is never a dull moment with him.”

“Mr. President respects the place of women in our society. He believes in the abilities of women. One of Nigeria’s most sensitive office today is headed by a woman, Mrs. Adeosun. This is an evidence of the confidence he reposes on women,” he said.

Prior to Buhari’s response to his wife’s outburst, Aisha had warned him that she may not back him at the 2019 election unless he shakes up his government.

Aisha, in the interview published by BBC yesterday, said the president does not know most of the top officials he has appointed.

Following this, it was gathered that anxiety heightened in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over the interview granted by Aisha.

Confirming this last night, a close aide of the President said that some of Buhari’s appointees, including cabinet members are currently jittery and as such, not sure of what would happen next.

There has been calls from prominent Nigerians for the President to rejig his cabinet and inject more competent individuals that will assist the government succeed in delivering on its developmental programmes.

According to the presidential aide, most of the cabinet members have not been given open access to the President because of the manner in which they were nominated into the government.

“On the directive of the President, every minister reports directly to the Chief of Staff except on rare occasion when it becomes necessary for one-on- one discussion about memos.

“This kind of process is different from what obtained in the past and has not given majority of them the confidence they need to function effectively.

With the statement from the President’s wife, most of them are afraid,” the source stressed.

It was gathered that most villa staff clustered in pair on Friday discussing what effect the development could portend to the government of the day in terms of changes that could follow.

Dependable sources said the President had reached out to his wife, who was currently in London, to stop granting further interviews to the media. The BBC, it was learnt, had defied pressure from the Presidency and National Assembly to stop it from airing the interview.

Meanwhile, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC,  Timi Frank, has said comments made by Mrs. Aisha Buhari, were not meant to discredit the current administration but to sound a note of caution for the betterment of  Nigerians and the country at large.

The APC spokesman in a statement warned oppositions not to rejoice or misinterpret the said interview adding that the President’s wife spoke out the minds of many party men and women who felt side-lined in the present government.

“I think Mrs. Buhari deserve commendation because she is actually speaking the minds of not only the party members but Nigerians.”

“What Mrs. Buhari has said is not different from what some of us have been saying that it is high time the President shook up his cabinet and brought in people who understand the manifestos of the party and could help the party deliver on its change mantra. Especially, the economy of the country needs an urgent attention.”

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