Wife of Nigeria’s President, Aisha Buhari, has said that “bad people” have taken over the country from people who are “supposed to be in charge”.
The First Lady who was a guest caller on TVC’s Journalists’ Hangout, made a clarification on her comment about the social media bill, insecurity and poverty in the country and lashing out at underserving governors and ministers.
According to her, it is unacceptable that those who should be in control of the government have remained mute, while some persons are using social media to bring down the government.
She noted that fake news has caused her some distress particularly when the president was rumoured to have died, and when he was said to be taking a second wife.
“I didn’t take it seriously because even my husband didn’t know what was happening,” she said of the rumoured marriage.
“Both of us didn’t know what was happening; they just decided to bombard social media with it. They are now taking to social media to bring down the government itself.
“I think that we should not allow people that are nothing to override the innocent; I don’t know why people that are supposed to be in charge should remain mute while bad people take over the country from us. It is impossible and totally unacceptable.”
The President’s wife also accused presidential aides and other government officials of ignoring issues they should respond to and focusing on things that the presidency has no business in.
“Whenever they (presidential aides) are supposed to take action against the offenders, or to take action or to take charge or be in control, or caution people, they keep mute,” she said.
“But when it comes to unnecessary things, people will start talking of the presidency. A typical example is what happened after the election in Bayelsa state. When the PDP came out and said they would … suspend His Excellency, Goodluck Jonathan, the former president, for doing wrong or something like that.
“I have seen no reason why (the) presidency should come out and say that they were shocked to hear that. Is it their business? Are they PDP members? Is President Jonathan a member of our party? What does that have to do with the presidency?”
Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari also asserted that she can’t be stopped from talking while speaking from London on Thursday, December 5.
Aisha Buhari stated that she has the constitutional right to freedom of expression when asked if she has been told to stop talking. “Who will stop me? Everybody is talking in the country. Everybody should talk. It is freedom of speech”, she said.
On if she engages in pillow talk on the challenges facing the country with her husband President Buhari, the First Lady hilariously said: “There is no pillow in the Villa including the other room”.
The President’s wife who stated that she knows that the challenges facing the country come from long-term neglect, maintained that she did not specifically blame the governors while speaking at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council Meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja on Friday, December 29.
“We are all suffering from it. Whether you are an executive or an ordinary citizen. We can’t go to our villages and sleep with two eyes closed. It cuts across” she said.
Also commenting on her support for the social media bill, Aisha recalled how the Minister of Communications shared a story of someone calling to confirm if Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has resigned as claimed on social media. Though the First Lady said everyone in the room laughed over the story, she added that it was a serious issue and she expected action to be taken to curb such fake news.
“There are no consequences for offenders. You say anything you like and get away with it. We cannot have peace in such a society. Once there are no consequences, everybody does whatever he likes. Everything will be in disarray” Aisha added.
Listen to the phone conversation below: