SULAYMANU

By Suleiman Yakubu

Nigeria’s First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Friday, January 19, did something quite uncomplimentary of her husband’s performance as President. In fact, her action made many critics to assert that she may be against his leadership.

Contestable as it may seem, the surprising truth is that her action lends credence to what they are saying.

Using her official Twitter handle @aishambuhari the president’s wife retweeted some video posts of two Senators who vehemently spoke against the Buhari Administration’s recent appointments and its inability to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, in the light of the recent spate of killings by herdsmen in Benue and other parts of the country.

The first video retweeted by Aisha Buhari has Senator Ben Murray-Bruce of Bayelsa East, lambasting the Executive arm of government for failing to protect the lives of the people of Benue and other Nigerians from deadly attacks by herdsmen.

Hear Bruce: “Nigeria is becoming a lawless country where there is no consequence for bad behaviour! I’m disgusted to find pregnant women with slit stomachs and unborn babies removed. If these herdsmen are allowed to rampage the way they are, then frankly speaking, they are a terrorist organization.

“People are being killed. We are becoming a barbaric Nation. The Executive should speak today and explain to Nigerians what is happening in this country. We either face this problem or everybody shut up and resign from public office.”

“If the security agencies cannot do their job, then they must be fired. enough is enough,” he reiterated.

The second video posted by the First Lady was not any better. In it, Senator Isah Misau of Bauchi Central derided the Buhari government’s recent appointment of the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), according to him, the new DG NIA is not qualified for the position because he wrote and failed two exams.

In his words:  “Today, the DG NIA that was just appointed, is he qualified to be there? He’s not qualified. This is the person that failed two exams, we know. He failed two exams and just because he is close to people taking decisions, he was appointed.”

“So many incompetent people are holding so many positions. Fifty per cent of the ministers are not performing. Since the president assumed office he has not taken any decision to move this country. Today we are seeing it and everybody is avoiding it, nobody wants to say anything”.

You may recall that this is not the first time that Mrs. Buhari would do or say things that suggests her displeasure with the way and manner Mr. President is running the affairs of this nation. She had severally aired her strong views through her twitter handle and Facebook page.

However, what can be regarded as her boldest statement occurred in October 2016, in a BBC Hausa interview monitored in Kano. First, she gave the impression that the President may not know half of the people he appointed and that some of the appointees did not share his vision. Next, when the interviewer asked: Do you think there are some people that are dictating to the President things to do, not him? Aisha Buhari answered in the affirmative: “That is what I am saying…”, thus unwittingly insinuating that her husband’s government has been hijacked by some cabal. And to finally hammer the nail, she said: “He is yet to tell me 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.”

True, as a Nigerian citizen she has the right to air her views but as the President’s wife, it is unfortunate that she should be showing her displeasure in this manner when she should be closest to him and her role should be supportive; gently prodding him towards the right path.

Surely, Aisha’s frequent public shows of displeasure are hits below her husband’s, the President’s, belt. It is most unkind to publicly criticize a loved one in such manner; it is like stripping one naked in public. And it doesn’t matter whether it is the so-called cabal that she is fighting against since her husband should be in charge.

The damages caused by Aisha’s recent tweets were enormous, the whole world commented and it was viral on social media. So many unprintable things were being said about the president and his detractors are busy having quite a field day. And one cannot blame them since the President’s wife does not feel otherwise.

Perhaps the most shocking blow was that Buhari’s daughter also retweeted one of the infamous videos criticizing her dad’s administration on her twitter handle @zmbuhari. In fact, she added another disturbing tweet:
Sahih al-Bukahri, Knowledge
Book 3, Hadith 1
Narrated ‘Abu Huraira
When the Prophet (pbuh) finished his/
speech, he said, Where is the questioner,/
Who inquired about the Hour (Doomsday)?”/
The Bedouin said “I am here, O Allah’s Apostle”/
Then the Prophet (phub) said, “When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour/
(Doomsday).”/
The Bedouin said, “How will that be lost?”/
The Prophet (phub) said, “When the power/
or authority comes in the hands of unfit/
persons, then wait for the hour/
(Doomsday.)”

One cannot help but wonder if she is in any way suggesting that her father, President Buhari, who is presently in power, is unfit? I doubt, but the retweeting of her mother’s post says a lot.

After all is said, Aisha and Buhari must mend their fences so that the President’s detractors would not succeed in bringing him down. They must do so for the sake of their children and for the love of Nigeria, because lack of peace at home can affect the president adversely.

Are these outbursts by Aisha, Buhari’s wife, and now by his child, Zahra, their way of telling the nation that the first family is fragmented, and all is not well with it? If this is the case then it speaks volumes and has very serious implications.

However, before his army of die-hard supporters crucifies me, let it be on record that I also voted for Buhari. But I am seriously worried that he is fighting a war on many fronts. Corrupt people are fighting back; political opponents are trying to bring him down by all means, and now his family…. Even a young man may not survive these onslaughts, how much more an old man of over 75 years.

TAURARUWA