I may not support Buhari’s re-election in 2019,  Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha warns

Aisha Buhari
Aisha Buhari

Aisha, the wife of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said she may not back her husband’s re-election in 2019 unless he shakes up his cabinet.

In an interview with the BBC, Mrs. Buhari said the president “does not know” most of the top officials he appointed to office.

Mr. Buhari has not indicated whether or not he will seek re-election, and according to his wife, he has not told his family too.

“He is yet to tell me (if he’ll seek re-election) 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 said.

The Nigerian leader is allowed by the constitution to seek re-election for a second term in office. Should he seek re-election, he is expected to be the candidate to beat for his All Progressives Congress, APC, party; although he could be challenged by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who lost to him in the 2014 primaries.

Mrs. Buhari also gave an indication of something which has caused silent anger amongst some leaders of the APC.

She said some of the president’s appointees did not share the vision of his party and were appointed because of the influence of a “few people.”

“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,” she said.

Asked to name those who had hijacked the government, she refused, saying: “You will know them if you watch television.”

One name that has been repeatedly mentioned as having a strong influence in Mr. Buhari’s appointments is his cousin, Mamman Daura.

Mr. Daura, who holds no official position, is said to be the most powerful man in the presidency and is said to have Mr. Buhari’s ears.

There had been rumours within the Aso Villa of him having clashes with Mrs. Buhari over his influence on the president.

On whether the president was in charge of his administration, Mrs. Buhari said: “That is left for the people to decide.”

Mrs. Buhari’s decision to go public with her concerns may shock many people, but it shows the level of discontent with the president’s leadership, the BBC quotes its reporter Naziru Mikailu, as saying Abuja.

Speaking further on the appointments, Mrs. Buhari said, “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.”

She also mentioned the improvement of security in the north-east as her husband’s major achievement.

“No-one is complaining about being attacked in their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc. Even kids in Maiduguri have returned to schools,” Mrs. Buhari said.


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  • bazuka

    I’m sure the president and first lady are no longer sleeping in the same bed. The marriage now is only for show.

    • Nino

      Lol!

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        to the Aviation Ministry at grossly inflated costs added by brand mis-description.
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        • Arrest and prosecute self-declared Nigerian billionaires for tax evasion.

    • yukkmouff

      Sir, on that, I beg to differ. I have it on good authority mr President has a proper and steady supply of grade one viagra! So Her Excellency isn’t lacking in that department!

      • Iskacountryman

        but she was barred from the inner sanctum…

    • Muhammad Ibn Muhsin al-Ansari

      You are right Bazuka! While I do
      not believe in dabbling into family affairs of others especially political
      office holder, I strongly believe that a woman who is in good terms with her
      husband would not engage an international media outfit in such kind of
      explosive interview. In politics, women are
      known to position them on the threshold doggedness as well as steadfastness. A
      flashback to the roles of other first ladies from IBB era to JEG provides
      revelation to this fact. I recall with pride how Maryam Babangida and Nana
      Agyeman-Rawlings of Ghana carved out a place for their husbands in the politics
      and political power relations of their country. But for Aisha to make such
      damning remarks on her husband, I think the centre can no longer hold. Things are
      to falling apart!

      Those who remain resolute to continue
      to support tyrannical President Buhari who has also turned dictatorial and no
      longer respect the rule of law needs a rethink. Nigeria is gradually turning
      into a gestapo state never known to us in the history of this country. The government
      of PMB has surreptitiously continued with his 1984 leadership style in disguise.
      I humbly think it is important for those Allah forsaken Sheiks who collected
      GEJ’s loot and are now reinforcing the
      thinking of the Southern Igbo that Buhari belongs to the North or Muslims alone
      to also remind the President of the saying of their foremost theoretician in
      Majmu Fatawa that “Allah will support the just state even if it is
      led by unbelievers, but Allah will not support the oppressive state even if it
      is led by believers.” The situation of our country is deteriorating everyday
      while many still leave in illusion that things will change when thing have
      actually changed for the worse. Oppression of all opposition is now the order
      of the day.

      Even in neighboring Niger,
      Aisha Hamani Diouri was believed to be supportive to her husband the former
      President
      Diouri in all ramifications. For PMB not to be able to manage his domestic life
      and resolve his “internal affairs” without this outrageous verbal explosion
      from his wife, I think his ability to govern Nigeria as a multi-ethnic and religiously
      and diverse nation remain very doubtful. PMB is not a democrat in every sense
      of the word! Time would prove me right or other commentator would prove me
      wrong if the can.

      The revelations by the wife of
      the President portend a serious danger for the President himself and all his cohorts
      but, only the wise ones would understand. To succinctly put it, this is the beginning
      of the end of PMB.

      • NoPeaceInOurTime

        Wow! Yours is too powerful a comment. I will keep it in my record. May God bless you.

    • Iskacountryman

      the dss barred her from entering the presidential bedroom in aso rock…after she re-decorated it…

  • Tritcall

    Good woman saying exactly what’s on her mind. Many APC faithful feel the same way as this woman.

  • Omoba1

    This is a courageous interview from the First Lady. She must be gutted with the ways things are going in the presidential villa. We only hope if the president will heed to her advise, else there is only one solution – Kick APC out of power in 2019

  • Hassan Lawal

    ..very courageous and good spirited woman…for those confused people to have sidelined Tinubu..well,we are waiting for them to come back in 2019.
    One thing is certain,those guys around the president can’t even win their local government,talkless of helping him to win an election..the Baba is old and obviously,he’s only in government and not in power-apology to IBB.

    • nnamdioo7

      Because of Tinubu rife with Buhari. I will vote Buhari come 2019. But if they reconcile I will vote someone else.
      For Buhari to perform, Tinubu and obasanjo has to be behind bars

      • el Matty

        Really

  • Darlington

    Aisha Buhari has finally exposed the cabal headed by one nonentity and opportunist called Mamam Daura. Things have falling apart. For Aisha to say this, that means she has been frustrated by this cabal also. Thanks for saying the truth. Nigerians will remember you for your courage.

    • Mykel

      Ordinarily your posts are prime examples of a load of rubbish. Not this time though. For the first time you have allowed reason to rule your thinking. Will it be asking for too much to expect you now henceforth, to thread this path?

      Yes. Aisha has displayed exemplary courage, conviction and integrity. Some unscrupulous individuals have seemingly hijacked the president. Mr. President, its way past time you woke up from your slumber.

    • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

      We will and we respect her even more!

    • Iskacountryman

      she was barred from the bedroom…they told her that they do not want buhari to die on top of her…there is too much at stake for the north…i support them…aisha can …

  • Abimbola

    Serious matter. Hope PMB listens to wise counsel from his wife as opportunist have hijacked his government.

  • Great Nigeria

    What a load of rubbish, we have 170 million people in our country. Can anyone claim to know 10% of 170 million? The president relies on others advise on who to appiont. Must she know them, it is a democracy/party politics…..she misfired,,. Is she threatening us. We support her husband and will take the bad and the urgly

    • Darlington

      It’s obvious something does not add up with your reasoning capacity. Even the wife of the person you claim to support is angry with the state of the nation under her husband’s watch, and you are here talking rubbish. Sorry for yourself.

      • lala

        Leave story, they are after the spoils of office pure and simple. Whether she’s his wife or not, she gave herself up. “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,” she said. Like Turai and Dame Faka before her……she wants to see the money! OLE!

        • jude L/A USA

          You are on point bro.

    • Al

      True talk, from all indication this is a family affairs she want to politicize it

  • objective

    That is the statement of a honest and justifiably angry woman. I hope the President will be wise to take back his government from hijacks.

  • TrueFairGame

    It is natural for a woman to have issues with somebody that seem to have the ears of her husband. In her short-sighted thinking, the President should reward party members with 100% of appointment regardless of qualifications and sensitivity of the position.
    When it comes to National issues Women like her may not have the wisdom to understand. If you are a leader, you listen to the people you trust and are ready to help you in leadership.
    I am not a fan of Daura but it appears he handles job for the president perfectly well and that is all it matters to the president. Example who else could have agreed to handle the Judges arrest knowing the danger in taking on the judiciary? So far most of Daura’s action has been in National interest. This type of arrest has never happened in the history of Nigeria and the Judges were simply above the law before now.
    I consider her outburst as understandable ‘Woman Wahala’

    • Samuel Eleko

      Your comments about women are rather absurd and unwise. Being a woman does not make an individual less sensitive or less intelligent than men. I believe Aisha has spoken her mind, it’s left for Nigerians to consider her points. I see her as a woman of honesty and courage.

      • dudu

        bless you

    • Hank

      She wants to play politics and Buhari is not letting her play…so, she is pissed off at Buhari. She is young, educated and full of energy…she could be a huge asset if she direct her attention in helping her husband during this difficult times in Nigeria and not give Buhari any Wahala! Happy home, happy president.
      I think Buhari is worried Aisha may turn into Mama peace and become a liability…if allowed to play politics.

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  • i.c.c Noble

    “The only way to stop us from stealing is to stone us. Nigerian institutions
    are all compromised. Nigerians appear not to be against stealing and
    corruption but only against how long you stay stealing and being corrupt.
    Don’t ever expect those in public office to fight corruption on these facts.”

    …………APC Minister Rotimi Amaechi

    (June 30th, 2014)

  • systematic

    u don’t no what u are saying, just keep your mouth shout leave mr president to concentrate to nigerian problems

  • Cleartruth

    A virtuous woman

  • B. Messi

    but I have decided as his wife, that IF THINGS CONTINUE LIKE THIS up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again.

    *If THINGS continue like how?? It implies THINGS are not going right!

    On whether the president was in charge of his administration, Mrs. Buhari said: “That is left for the people to decide.”

    *In a nutshell, she is implying BUHARI IS NOT IN CHARGE OF HIS ADMINISTRATION!

    Hahahahahaha! E don happen oo! Few days after Tinubu, we have the highest profile entrant into the wailers club!
    The ‘NATIONAL LEADER’ and the man’s WIFE are WAILING! Yet some clowns are still battling to defend the indefensible. Na e-slaves dem be true-true ooo!
    Hahahahaha! I dey laff ooo!!

  • Hajiya Tunsj Soyemi

    Wow. What a blow to those buhari house boys: rommel, tundemash, wahala, Kay soyemi, amazing2012, Maria, etc!

    • Lanre

      I would have upvoted you. But I don’t like your moniker. Look for more decent names to use please; not Tunsj and Kaysoyemi. These are spineless individuals.

      • Hajiya Tunsj Soyemi

        Hahahahahahaha!!! You got me there!
        Nice one bro!

  • B. Messi

    So, I’m just wondering, will Adesina and Garba Shehu call Hajiya a wailer?

    • yukkmouff

      Lwkmd……Wailing Aisha!!!

      • B. Messi

        Ahahaha.
        FIRE ON ZA MOUNTAIN!

  • Akamu Titus

    It is natural for a woman to have issues with somebody that seem to have the ears of her husband. In her short-sighted thinking, the President should reward party members with 100% of appointment regardless of qualifications and sensitivity of the position.
    When it comes to National issues Women like her may not have the wisdom to understand. If you are a leader, you listen to the people you trust and are ready to help you in leadership.
    I am not a fan of Daura but it appears he handles job for the president perfectly well and that is all it matters to the president. Example who else could have agreed to handle the Judges arrest knowing the danger in taking on the judiciary? So far most of Daura’s action has been in National interest. This type of arrest has never happened in the history of Nigeria and the Judges were simply above the law before now.
    I consider her outburst as understandable ‘Woman Wahala.

    • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

      What evidence do you have that the Judges angle is coming from him?

      • jude L/A USA

        It shows. And perfectly in order too. I think Mrs Buhari is misfiring which may be understandable. Rubbish!!!

        • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

          It shows is no evidence!

          • jude L/A USA

            You can now proceed to the International Court of Justice, and sue Mr. President. Rubbish!

  • Eko O ni baje O!

    Premium Times Editor,

    AISHA BUHARI: Morning Shows The Day

    The ICPC anti-corruption agency declared Raji Fashola wanted on 3rd September 2015.
    He was en route a prison cell for investigation. President Buhari immediately coyly intervened and
    announced Raji Fashola as Minister on the 23rd of September, to stay the hands of the ICPC from
    hauling Fashola into prison detention.

    Raji Fashola had refused throughout his mostly roguish and thievish regime of eight [8] years
    to disclose Lagos state public accounts, until two days to handover on May 29th, 2015.
    Prima facie, Fashola’s accounts then showed up insane THEFT of eight hundred
    (800) billion Naira missing over eight years. Fout of 3.2 TRILLION NAIRA
    gross revenue got from 2007 to 2015, only 2.34 trillion Naira
    was accounted for.

    • systematic

      how can we believe you now? can you prove to nigerians give us your concrete reason to believe u. ho ho ho!

      • Akindele Thomas

        @disqus_nhXQaBfwCl:disqus: Look, my brother, go to Lagos and see man’s inhumanity to man. Go there and see suffering.
        Go and see how Lagosians are committing suicide by jumping into lagoon and leaving suicide note behind.
        Those are the consequences of the past rule of THIEVES – where 75 million is taken from the treasury for
        designing a mere website page of RAJI FASHOLA. This is the consequence! Go there and see a mess.
        BRT bus system of second-hand buses collapsed within three years under the useless RAJI FASOLA.
        Children in public schools in Lagos state cannot write letters in good English – they’re all illiterates.
        Raji Fashola forfeited the lives of Lagosians and also lost the future of Lagos state to ILLITERACY.

    • Facts & Figures

      In Rivers state, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up under a High Court Judge has
      concluded its sittings and has found Rotimi Amaechi liable to return 53 billion Naira stolen,
      back to the Rivers state treasury. A White Paper has since been issued after a plenary
      cabinet review of all the findings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. Rivers state has
      consequently formally directed the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,
      Mr. Chinwe Aguma, SAN, to promptly file charging papers in court against Rotimi Amaechi
      and also for his corrupt sale of the Rivers state gas turbine and theft of proceeds of sale.

      • Charles

        he is a member of the apc, so immunity covers him.

  • Iceman

    When it comes to National issues Women like her may not have the wisdom to understand. If you are a leader, you listen to the people you trust and are ready to help you in leadership.
    I am not a fan of Daura but it appears he handles job for the president perfectly well and that is all it matters to the president. Example who else could have agreed to handle the Judges arrest knowing the danger in taking on the judiciary? So far most of Daura’s action has been in National interest. This type of arrest has never happened in the history of Nigeria and the Judges were simply above the law before now.

    • abu saleh

      Respect…

  • George

    This is exactly how Buhari late first wife advised Buhari then but he Buhari made sure she is dead.

    I fear for this his second wife from Mali she may dies also before 2019.

    When the wicked rules the masses suffers.

    • Ha

      Please write in English next time. Not all of us here can understand your native language.

    • el Matty

      You’re a disgrace to yourself and your family, how can you mock the dead. I may not like Buhari but to go that low. I can only expect from insane person.

    • Charles

      not a good comment

  • Akamu Titus

    Keep moving God is with the great servant . PMB is God chosen president .

    • Charles

      professional praise singer that leads their victims to the grave.

  • Ahmed m sabitu

    Oga madam you should not even waste your time for saying u will not back your husband in 2019, who will back incompetence

    • systematic

      are u the competent? bingo

  • Gary

    Looks like Nigerians elected the wrong Buhari. Aisha appears to be more insightful than the man she married. And quite remarkable for a woman in Nigeria’s conservative Moslem North to publicly speak her mind.
    If Buhari pulls back his blind trust for the crooks he has surrounded himself with in his kitchen cabinet, he might yet salvage his presidency and thank God for the woman he married.

    • Man_Enough

      your comment reeks incitement. you cannot put asunder a marriage of 27 years.

      • Gary

        Incitement that a good wife has taken it upon herself to go public with her concerns about the backstabbers who surround her husband? Or is your male chauvinist ego blocking your comprehension of use of language, dummy?

    • Lanre

      Gary. Aisha was 13 years old when Buhari was a Head of State in 1983. She is cosmopolitan. Her family in Adamawa is exposed. Generationally she is not in Buhari’s set. Aisha has lived in the west (United Kingdom) for a large part of her life. She cannot be cowed. What she does not understand however is that when it comes to Political Power,her husband is a Fulani General. An Army General leading troops. You be careful with such men. Aisha has a Southern open mindset and she is one more confirmation why Nigeria is a misnomer and why we need to go our separate ways. Aisha has lived up to her name. She is a Heroine.

    • Charles

      Great mind, you made my day.

  • Man_Enough

    madam is simply condemning disloyalty and the danger of leading a disloyal group. since buhari has been benevolent enough to appoint them, notwithstanding their sponsors, they should not stab the president in the back. she is feeling concerned for her husband’s welfare because disloyal servants can be treacherous.

  • systematic

    may be the have paid her to do this nonsense

    • Cincinnatus

      come on. Just stop talking. I support Buhari till tomorrow but his wife is right. He’s too cautious for a general. I don’t know what he is afraid off that he is this indecisive and letting people he can’t trust influence his decisions. Kachickwu as proven that even technocrats can see real money and salivate. He needs to be more authoritarian and bold, and his wife may be telling him what the people around him can’t for obvious reasons.

      • Emeka

        Man you must try and see beyond your nose. Buhari made it clear that the First Lady nonsense would not see d light of the day, hence external influence is making her say these unprintable words that may come back to hunt her tomorrow. I now believed that Buhari has indeed changed, because Its rather unimaginable to think she could summon courage in 1984 to make such utterances. While, I know the devil atiku is scheming to corrupt so many mind and be president next term, but he can never smell it.

        • Charles

          what do think her husband would have done to her if it was in 1984. Again what would you have done if you are PMB and Aisha your wife?

    • Charles

      little brain, think little things about great things.

    • Sir Louis

      It seems you were there when the payment was made! Please , tell us how much your gang paid.

  • Jacky

    What a wonderful lady! A sound mind with great depth. Also insightful, beautiful and graceful.

    • Oladele

      Unlike …..my husband must do his 8yrs! It is good to be educated and sound upstairs as this lady seems. If Buhari will not have cabinet reshuffle and fire CBN governor before december, he is finished.

      • Gary

        He needs to first reshuffle his kitchen cabinet whose agenda seems different from what the people voted for. That is precisely what Aisha is alluding to. And people of goodwill must thank her for her courage.

      • Okokondem

        You can’t change from who you are. Without actually understanding the context for which the First Lady is critical of her husband’s choice of cabinet appointees, you have predictably understood that to mean she doesn’t want the Igbo man as central bank governor. You are pathetically tribalistic and generally uninformed.

        • Sir Louis

          Who told you that the CBN governor is an Igbo man. He is from Delta State. Ask Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, whether he is an Igbo Man?

          • Amaka obi

            If he is not an Igbo man, is he a yoruba man or hausa?

        • Oladele

          Your IQ is so low. Once you read anything about Igbo you go bunkers! Someone must come from somewhere and are cabinet members from elsewhere and none from SE? When we asked him to reshuffle we dont mind if a Yoruba is dropped and nothing stopped him from picking another Igbo as CBN governor. The quarel of this woman is that many cabinet members presently have their own agenda not aligned with PMB. Just think before you talk or at least ask a 10yr old around you to help you.

  • B. Messi

    Lolz. Nothing do you jare.

  • Sir Louis

    Ride on great Lady, concerned Nigerians are with you. It is corruption and injustice that people who worked for the Presidency of a man are sidelined after he had achieved power and people who opposed him or ignored him when he was toiling with his supporters now take over positions. Such a government would not likely make progress in delivering on its mandate because the hijackers in position and power do not share the dream and vision that brought the government to power.

    • Iceman

      A good leader those not belongs to one political party . I how u will understand senseless somebody.

  • otunga

    This woman is seeing a younger guy most probably set up by our mutual friend Atiku!

    • Charles

      is this all you can contribute?

      • Charlie

        My contribution is that she might be looking for a divorce so that she can start smashing again.

      • jude L/A USA

        He may be right, you never can tell.

  • FreeNigeria

    Every right thinking Nigerian know Nigeria is wobbling on one leg and this administration is incompetent. if something is not done quickly, Nigeria will fall on Buhari’s head as the republican party has fallen on trump’s head.

  • marig

    Sounds like sour grapes to me. President Barak Obama did not know more than three quarters of his cabinet personally in his first term. No president of a big and diverse country does. Seems she wanted her friends in the cabinet but pmb disagreed. .Let it be known that Buhari did not win because of his wife. It was a coalition and as the president always said “i did not walk into the presidency alone” This woman , it seems, had hoped to flood the govt with her friends but is disappointed she couldn’t.

    • lala

      Spot on. It beats me how people cant see this. “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,” she said.

  • share Idea

    Imagine if Patience Jonathan had said this kind of thing, the headline will be ‘The unelected president’s wife (Patience) fighting democratically elected and appointed persons in presidency’.

    I thought APC told us that they will not be any first lady, and it is only Buhari that will be running the affairs of the nation. Why is the wife concerned about her husband’s decisions / appointments. Nigeria we hail thee

    • Julius

      Moron, Michelle Obama basically said the same thing about her husband seeking re-elect6ion because of what the republicans were doing to him and his agenda. Now she is saying that she cant wait to get out of the white house. So, whats your point ?

      • share Idea

        Mumu, when did you hear Obama campaigned that he will do away with the office of First Lady as was done by Buhari. Why is it that all you APC e-mob can never reason logically before dabbling into issues. Nigeria we hail thee

      • B. Messi

        ‘because of what the Republicans were doing t him’.

        She spoke of what the opposition were doing to him. The issue on ground is what buhari and the APC cabal are doing to APC and Nigeria as a whole.
        No similarity here zombie.

    • Charles

      what wrong has she done?

  • The Voice

    I think this was born out of the denial of the president to let her enjoy the unofficial office of the First Lady which other presidents’ wives before her once enjoyed. If she was traveling all over the states of the federation, lunching one pet project or the order, occupying an exotic office, holding one press conference to the other and having a say on contracts to be awarded and those to be appointed, her perception and view as regards the government headed by her hubby would have been different.

    • Charles

      Sorry your comment does not make sense.

      • The Voice

        You may not understand.

        • jude L/A USA

          And he will NEVER understand. Rubbish!

  • Olu from South Africa

    o ma se oooo. Vicious circle of Nigeria madness has resurface again. I do not think Nigerians voted PMB because of his wife. With all due respect, this woman should be tamed immediately. Let President focus on the mandate giving to him. Nigerians will judge PMB not the wife telling Nigerians what to think. Nonsense!

    • Cincinnatus

      “Tamed”. I pray God grant you the intelligence required to acknowledge good council if power finds it’s way to your hands. Do you have any idea how many people must be telling the president everyday “All is well”, “This is not your doing”, “Deals have to be made in the shadows”, ” Allowing some corruption is realism” and so on. His wife has chosen to put herself at risk in the President’s eyes just to let some truth in regarding his calculations. People are suffering, time is running out and patience won’t cut it anymore. He has to decide if he is fit to be the leader of his people or not.

    • Charles

      This woman love her husband and this country more than you do. I was taught to always fear those who finds no fault in me.

      • Olu from South Africa

        Nigerians voted for PMB not the wife. Millions of Nigerians have various opinions of PMB what make her own special? Nonsense!

      • lala

        Leave story! she wants the spoils of election victory. that’s her only problem. “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,” she said. Another Dame Faka in the making.

        • Olu from South Africa

          It takes a forthright thinker to see that.

  • el Matty

    Ashia is intelligent, modern and smart woman who knows how Nigerians are feeling now. She want to help but feel helpless, she also believe that some group had hijacked government.

    • mrsadaora

      @elmatty:disqus : Yes, Aisha Buhari’s gripes have some degree of credence but not entirely. Her husband’s 16-month
      rule is more or less a failure – the cause of which failure is partly the same nepotism Mrs. Aisha Buhari advises
      here as next solution. That’s illogical. The search for competent Ministers and competent heads of agencies
      can’t be limited to only those she or her husband personally ‘knows’. Neither she nor her husband is known
      to keep sophisticated friends of intellectuals; whereas, it is for lack of intellectual power Buhari regime fails.
      The APC party is quite obviously short of thinkers; being a mob of protesters, rioters and rabble-rousers.
      The APC party itself can’t be the outermost boundary for seeking gifted thinkers if Buhari is serious.

      • Gary

        I disagree. The APC is only limited by the extent Buhari’s inner circle wishes to keep power and influence within a coterie of kith and kin. The party had within its ranks a fair of competent and intellectual supporters who worked for its victory last year.
        The problem though, is that they are not from the preferred region of the country that the kitchen cabinet wants in the administration. Olisa Agbakoba, Pat Utomi, Femi Falana, Sonala Olumense and countless others, known and unknown, supported the party and are better qualified with more integrity than the choices made for both the kitchen and executive cabinets.
        They wanted to run an exclusively Fulani-dominated govt. with a sprinkling of yes-men from the SW. They have barely concealed their disdain for the SE and SS.
        The result of this narrow-mindedness by those serving themselves rather than her husband is what Aisha Buhari has courageously taken on. Never in my life have I seen a Northern Moslem wife taking such a bold position in public.

    • George

      Smart like Buhari first dead wife right.

  • James Ojapa

    After imposing that rogue bello on kogi, this woman wants to be allowed to nominate ministers! God forbid. This woman is one of the most corrupt people in buhari government. She can never be satisfied

  • Lanre

    When I came out here to tell Yorubas that Buhari knows what he is doing; that his government is a continuation of the agenda of the Sarduana (Ahmadu Bello), the Kaduna Mafia and the Hausa- Fulani Islamic Hegemony led By Abba Kyari, Mamman Daura, Farouk Aliyu, Isa Funtua, El-Rufai, Lanre was shouted down by slaves – Dele Awogbeoba, Dareolu. Kaysoyemi, Gbola, Julius (The Houseboy), Mufu Ola (The motor garage park tout, agbero). Is Lanre, Aisha? I ask you slaves a question and I want your answer. What an elder can see lying down, a child can never see standing up. Thank you Aisha. Yorubaland will be free. And it shall be in my lifetime. Amen.

    • O.T. Adams

      @disqus_oMAXjVRhNR:disqus

      Cabinet reshuffle is compelling. Buhari’s cabinet of Ministers does not have what
      it takes to make Nigeria a better place. In 15 months the Cabinet ran Nigeria into
      a huge hole of economic recession. That was the moment Buhari’s Ministers
      showed themselves up as an aggregate of failures. The cabinet should be
      dissolved for new thinking and new Ministers. A cabinet reshuffle is all the
      more pressing if President Buhari is to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
      His appointees have let down themselves in speech and conduct as far removed
      from the country’s problems. The Ministers and Advisers are regarded as
      mediocre, incompetent and un-inspiring. The public can’t be wrong in that
      assessment, as Nigeria worsens on daily basis under President Buhari.

    • Alhaji

      Amen

  • thusspokez

    “He is yet to tell me (if he’ll seek re-election) 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 said.

    Taking about a Muslim and wife? This lady is more liberated than western women not to mention southern Nigerian women.

    Aisha Buhari may just be the one person who rescues her husband incompetence and legacy, and I hope that he listens to her and the other young lady in the family i.e., Zahrah. His administration score-card remains (minus)1.

    I highly commend Aisha Buhari for her patriotism because in his interview, she demonstrated that the welfare of her country comes first before the ambition of her husband. She is clearly a ‘stand by your country’ patriot.

    • Muslimot Lawal

      I disagree!
      For what she did, people are now hurling abusive words on her husband, the president of a great country such as ours. She’s been married to the man for 27years fir crying out loud; she should have demonstrated that she has confidence in his judgment.
      Tell me, what will be the result of her public announcement? A response by her husband that she belongs in the kitchen and other rooms in his house; a very harsh, but authentic statement that all men believed, but will deny in public.
      I do not see any good resolution coming from her utterances and I believe that she has made a very grave mistake. This appears to be her first interview as the first lady and she is talking about her husband negatively.

      • thusspokez

        For what she did, people are now hurling abusive words on her husbandYou got it upside down: For what he said, people are hurling abuse at him. And he deserves every one of them!

  • Iskacountryman

    aisha…shut the fcuk up, and stop daydreaming…your otiose husband will lose the 2019 elections, with or without you…

  • Charles

    PMB, you are blessed with this beautiful, intelligent, and great mother of African. I have not seen her kind, no, not in African. she love her husband and her country with passion.

    • Muslimot Lawal

      If she does love her husband and country, she would have confidence in the man she has married fir 27 years, and not grant such interviews. I am disappointed!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Mrs Aisha Buhari,the first lady,is a decent and patriotic Nigerian, who realizes that by 2019 president Muhammadu Buhari, would be too old for the rigour-concentration,stress and focus that the position of Nigeria presidency require.
    There would be other honest,capable,competent and strength to discharge the duties of Nigeria president, which is full round the clock 24-hours job.When would president Muhammadu Buhari,s wife children and grand-children enjoy his full attention and love as a grand-father?

    • NinjaK

      can you give what you dont have?

    • olu

      My friend, go back to school and learn how to write simple and concise English. Did you read what you wrote above? Did you understand it?

      • Lorgne

        Instead of reading and re- reading what was posted, you hurriedly jumped into abuse. He makes more sense than what your question implies.

    • princegab

      Olodo.

    • thusspokez

      When would president Muhammadu Buhari,s wife children and grand-children enjoy his full attention and love as a grand-father?

      I am sure, he has had a very long fulfilling time (1985-2015) to spend all the time he needs with his family.

  • NinjaK

    From what I can discern from Aisha, looks to me like she knew the way her husband was with her b4 the elections and now must have been having a very serious battle for control of her husband against the Mamman Dauras, Abba Kyaris, Dambazzaus, etc who are just eternal power mongers.
    And the only reason for this is her frustration, which must have been due to the fact that those chaps are perhaps now just using “remote control” on PMB’s brain.
    What a pity.

  • G4

    I don’t get it, so she is mad because she doesn’t know the people he has appointed. Have the ethics of this country sunk so low that they now think what patience Jonathan was doing was normal? This interview should be ignored by any serious minded person.

    • princegab

      She is not mad but frustrated by the fact that pmb’s administration has been hijacked. The inner circle are made of people whose vision is different from that of the party. People who never contributed to the election of pmb. What Aisha is saying in essence is the necessity of immediate cabinet reshuffle.
      See what is happening, Adesina and Garba are shut down, Lai is not talking enough, I can bet that the ministers have less and less access to pmb. These bad guys are the reason for the presidency’s levity on corruption within.

  • Otile

    As usual, the First Lady is a decent person. Nigeria will be better off if the president can listen to her more often than listening to the crooked members of the cabinet.

    • Muslimot Lawal

      …but taking the story to the international media is a big mistake, I must say.
      A wife must support her husband, especially somebody as high as the Nigerian President. She supposed to stand by her husband and find ways to advice and or offer suggestions, not influencing.
      She has not displayed any intelligence by her actions at all. I am a woman, so I know.
      It’s over 5 years now since the civil war in Syria; has anyone seen the Syrian First Lady, a British National, granting interviews? No! Does that mean she suports all the killings and massacres? Nobody knows, but I am sure she does not, but she is not condemning his husband in public.
      I am very disappointed in Mrs. Buhari for this.

  • Olu from South Africa

    Those that are wishing Dame Faka part II for PMB is tantamount to wishing yourself super failure. Note Dame Faka part I reigned without recession.

  • Eagle_Zerenjo

    DSS on the alert for the next sting operation.
    Allegation : Aisha Buhari alleged to be romancing Jagaban.

    Watch out.

  • Michael

    Mrs Buhari for President in 2019! Sensible intelligent woman. I support PMB but I also know that he’s a stubborn old goat who does not listen to advice and is too rigid.

  • ABDULKARIM ABUBAKAR

    We are not interested in her support, maddam you can not decide for Nigerians. Mr President has already explained that you are nothing but his wife; your responsibilities ended in his bed room and kitchen. Mine is that if want control the affairs of Nigeria, you better contest in 2019.