Aisha Buhari accuses Daura, Shehu of allegedly usurping presidential powers

Aisha Buhari accuses Daura, Shehu of allegedly usurping presidential powers

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari has issued a scathing attack on Mamman Daura; accusing him of giving presidential orders without the knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The long-running dispute between Aisha Buhari and Daura’s family was exacerbated in October; when she returned from a two-month foreign trip.

It was garnered that Daura, who is a nephew of the president; resided inside the presidential villa until recently.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, December 11; by Aisha Buhari, the First Lady accused Daura of using his influence to enforce the scrapping of the office of the First Lady.

The directive was reportedly enforced by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

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“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 the 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.”

Aisha further lambasted Shehu accusing him of being “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.

The statement continues on the tirade against Daura, “We all remember that the chief proponent appropriated to himself and his family a part of the Presidential Villa; where he stayed for almost 4 years.

“When the time came for him to leave, he orchestrated and invaded my family’s privacy; through a video circulated by Mamman’s Daughter, Fatima.

“The public was given the impression; that on arrival into the country I was locked out of the villa by Mr President.”

Aisha Buhari accused Garba of hiding the truth of what really transpired “but because his allegiance is somewhere else and his loyalty misplaced; he deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for the President who appointed him in the first place.

“Consequently, his action has shown a complete breakdown of trust between the First Family and him.

“The latest of his antics was to wage a war on the first family; through an orchestrated media campaign of calumny by sponsoring pseudo accounts to write and defame my children and myself. 

“Based on Garba Shehu’s misguided sense of loyalty and inability to stay true and loyal to one person or group; it has become apparent that all trust has broken down between him and my family due to the many embarrassments he has caused the Presidency and the first family.”


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