Aisha’s Outburst On The Presidency


For the umpteenth time, wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, stirred the hornet’s nest when she revealed that the leadership of Nigeria under her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, would have performed better but for a powerful cabal constituting clogs on the path to speedy development.
Mrs. Buhari who spoke at a national women leadership summit organised by a political group, Project 4+4, for Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 in Abuja, recently said that there are two men in Buhari’s administration who have constituted themselves as hindrance to the speedy progress of governance in the country.
She noted that if not for this mean duo, Buhari’s achievement, in the last three and half years would have been accomplished in one year. The First Lady, however, did not mention the names of the two administration officials.
The Tide notes that this is not the first time the president’s wife would publicly call the attention of her husband to the existence of a powerful cabal in his government. We recall that in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service last year, Mrs. Buhari had stated that her husband’s government had been hijacked by a few people who she described as hyenas and jackals.
At an earlier interview on the same platform in 2016, the First Lady was reported to have revealed that a good number of those holding offices in her husband’s government were unknown to her, and never played any role in the electoral success of the president. In fact, she almost swore never to campaign for President Buhari’s re-election in 2019 should he opt to run.
We also recall that recently the president’s wife openly decried the poor state of health institutions in the country, not minding that her husband is at the helm of governance. Added to this is her recent berating of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over the high level of impunity that characterised the party’s nationwide primaries.
The Tide commends the uncommon courage and patriotism of Mrs. Buhari for speaking the truth to her husband and the ruling APC despite her position as wife of the president. More gallant on her part was her insistence on stating the obvious when two presidential advisers, her aide, and the vice president’s wife who were in attendance at the summit showed their discomfort and signalled her to move away from the topic. As she stated, “I have realised that Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President and Dr Hajo Sani, my aide, Sajo, and wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, are not comfortable with me saying this and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech, but we must say the truth.”
In a country peopled mostly by sycophants, bootlickers and praise singers, Mrs. Buhari’s outburst deserves accolade and critical attention if the nation must make progress.
We think that Nigerians should not dismiss these rare pointers with a mere wave of the hand as, according to the serving mother of the nation, her frequent criticisms of the president and his party were borne out of a sense of justice rather than confrontation and disrespect.
The fact that the woman has been critical of the slow progress of the present administration indicates that all is not well within the Buhari presidency. Surely, no one is better placed to know this.
Given the obvious adamant posture of the president on issues of this nature, particularly the humorous dismissal of his wife’s timely warnings as the concerns of a woman whose place remains in the kitchen and the back rooms, we fear that his administration may not be able to make progress beyond this limit even if voted in for a second tenure in 2019. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.