Aisha Buhari, the First Lady of Nigeria, has accused Alhaji Mamman Daura, of giving presidential orders without her husband’s knowledge.
Aisha Buhari alleged that Daura, the president’s nephew, gave the directives scrapping the office of the First Lady through presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Mrs Buhari also alleged that the president’s nephew orchestrated and invaded her family’s privacy through a video circulated by his daughter, Fatima.
The statement read: “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. Today, even without a budget, I am able to run my humanitarian programmes.
“In saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers. Garba Shehu needs to understand that this kind of behaviour will no longer be tolerated.”
Earlier, The Herald reported that Aisha Buhai called out President Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu for continuously meddling in her family affairs. Aisha accused Shehu of shifting his loyalty from the president to others who have no stake in the contract that the president signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015 and 2019.
She made this known in a signed statement titled: “Garba Shehu Has Gone Beyond His Boundaries. Nigeria’s development is hinged on the ability of public officials to execute their mandates professionally, and to be shining examples in their various areas of endeavor. It is not a good sign when officials abandoned their responsibility and start clutching at straws.
“As spokesperson of the President, he has the onerous responsibility of managing the image of the President and all the good works that he is executing in the country. Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the contract that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015 and 2019.
“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.”