I Didn’t Mean To Disrespect My Husband In 2016 BBC Interview – Aisha Buhari

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The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has cleared the air on her viral 2016 BBC interview in which she said she would not vote for her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, if things did not change before 2019.

She said her stance in the interview was not meant to be confrontational or disrespectful to her husband but to show that she has a sense of justice.

She made this known in her acceptance speech as the Vanguard Person of the Year 2017.

Recall that in the 2016 interview, Aisha Buhari was also quoted as saying that the government had been hijacked as her husband did not know majority of the people appointed into his government.

She had equally said that she would not campaign for him in 2019 if the administration did not repay the confidence Nigerians reposed on it.

But in the acceptance speech, she said, “I wish to thank the management of Vanguard Media Limited for this unexpected award, in recognition of my humanitarian efforts towards improving the health and welfare of Nigerians particularly women , children and less privileged.

“One of the reasons adduced for honouring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of.

“I need to state that my position was a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect. I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been.

“As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband; I, therefore , feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability.

“Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so.

“On this note , I hereby dedicate this award to the people of Nigeria , especially women . Thank you sincerely for this award.”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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