Nigerians have taken to social media to berate the First Lady, Aisha Buhari over the latest fallout between herself and two members of the President’s kitchen cabinet, Mamman Daura and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.
Aisha Buhari had accused Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew and Garba Shehu of undermining her office. In an emailed statement sent to Daily Trust; the First Lady alleged that Mamman Daura gave a presidential directive without her husband’s knowledge.
In the statement titled ‘‘Garba Shehu Has Gone Beyond His Boundaries”; the First Lady submitted that the directive had embarrassed the president.
Specifically, Aisha Buhari claimed that Mamman Daura had issued a directive scrapping the office of the First Lady; a decision she alleged was carried out without the knowledge or approval of her husband, President Buhari. In addition, Aisha Buhari alleged that the directive was issued through a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
Furthermore, she accused the presidential spokesman of failing in his duties to the president.
‘‘Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the compact 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. The blatant meddling in the affairs of a First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves.’’
Nigerians call out First Lady Aisha Buhari, accuse her of only fighting for ‘her stomach’
However, Nigerians have taken a dim view of the First Lady’s public vituperations this time round.
When Aisha Buhari first spoke out against an alleged cabal in the Presidency, she had gained the adoration of Nigerians. Indeed, many had hailed her action as one of uncommon courage. As a matter of fact, she had been seen as one who had the best interests of the country at heart.
Indeed, the same reactions followed her other public criticisms of some of the actions/inactions of her husband’s administration. However, Nigerians seem to have taken a radically different view of her latest row with Mamman Daura and Garba Shehu.
Indeed, the majority on social media have accused her of only speaking out when she has personal issues with the ‘cabal’. Furthermore, she was attacked for her support for the controversial anti-social media bill. Also, the First Lady was lampooned for her public support for the re-election bid of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.
Meanwhile, 1st News had put together some of the views/comments of Nigerians on the matter.
Aisha Buhari is Very Selfish. Only talks when her ego, office, or self worth is slightly attacked. When it comes to pressing matters of state, she’s either mum or just plain like the rest of them.
— 'deola?? (@its_richiie) December 11, 2019
How Mamman Daura gave presidential directive without my husband's knowledge.
Garba Shehu Has Gone Beyond His Boundaries.
— Aisha Buhari
After you supported Yahaya Bello & the Social Media Bill?
Madam back to the kitchen & the ozza room.
Stop wailing! Stop being a nuisance! pic.twitter.com/rep3RH2QWO
— ?? NEFERTITI – (The beautiful one has come)?? (@firstladyship) December 11, 2019
Aisha Buhari needs to shut up and stop disturbing us with her family problem. You support your husband's move to ban social media and you're here crying like an orphan. Enjoy Mammam Daura.
We have SARs to contend with.
— Ugo (@UgoIkeakor) December 11, 2019
Aisha Buhari kindly deal with your family matters, we have DSS and Police brutality to deal with.
— Aaron Kiani↗️ (@infokianiaaron) December 11, 2019
But why is Aisha Buhari as unstable as water,I think she's that type of woman that's manipulative, one minute she's chatting like she's an activist and freedom fighter, next minute she's supporting tyrannical moves,she should pick a side or just go to her kitchen.
— TOLUWALASE(FCA-iv)PhD,LLB,NIM,NSE,Esq???? (@firstclassjerry) December 11, 2019
This Aisha Buhari acts like a chameleon, don’t even praise her this time.
— _StyleRebel ? (@jhoe_banton) December 11, 2019
Aisha Buhari is a big scam…after her stupid & fallacious speech and campaign for Yeye Bello during Kogi Poll…She is here again to rant and seek for public attention..Shame on her pic.twitter.com/Obd29tDroK
— Mr.Classical?? ?? (@obiora_okpala) December 11, 2019
At least Patience Jonathan was providing Nigerians entertainment with her spoken English. But this Aisha Buhari, one minute she’s supporting Nigerians and the next she’s supporting social media bill. Abeg don’t involve us in your family’s melodrama.
— Ugee (@ms__ugee) December 11, 2019
Aisha Buhari's recent behaviour is a strong signal that she only stays on their side whenever she is given her share of the national cake.
Her strategy is to make Nigerians feel she is for a good government but her actions speak otherwise.
Na her stomach she dey fight for. pic.twitter.com/yECyBLNJs2
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) December 11, 2019
"The First Lady office is a tradition which has become an institution. Aisha Buhari."
Now we know why she has been wailing about Buhari government being hijacked like she cares for the masses not knowing it was all about herself and her office being threatened.
— iSi (@simmeonii) December 11, 2019
How Mamman Daura gave presidential directive without my husband's knowledge – Aisha Buhari.
Since madam Aisha openly begged & campaigned for Yahaya Bello, supported social media bill, whatever the Cabal are doing to her is none of my business, she should take it as a woman.
— Zaddy Ajala (@UNCLE_AJALA) December 11, 2019