Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has revealed that Alhaji Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, gave presidential directive to scrap the Office of the First Lady without the knowledge of the President.
According to Mrs. Buhari, her office was scrapped on Daura’s order issued by Garba Shehu, the spokesman of the President.
In her statement released on Wednesday, the president’s wife alleged that the order to scrap her office embarrassed the president. She noted that Mr. Shehu had shifted his loyalty from President Buhari to a cabal that runs her husband’s government.
“To make matters worse, Mr. Shehu has presented himself to these people as a willing tool and executioner of their antics, from the corridors of power even to the level of interfering with the family affairs of the President. This should not be so. The blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves,” she added
“It is at this late hour that I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu who claimed that the government will not allow office of the First Lady to run. He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President. This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realize the fact that First Lady’s office is a tradition which has become an institution.”
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Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.