Presidential aides not defending Buhari's govt enough - First Lady

Presidential aides not defending Buhari's govt enough - First Lady

- Nigeria's First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari is in the news again

- This time, the First Lady is unhappy with presidential aides

- Hajia Buhari accused the aides and ministers of not defending her husband's government effectively

Nigeria's First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari on Thursday, December 5, lamented that ministers and public officers close to the presidency were not doing enough to defend the president and the federal government.

Hajia Buhari spoke during a phone-in interview on an evening programme aired on Television Continental (TVC).

She said the public officers could not afford to “keep mute” while fake news merchants attempt to “take over the government.”

Hajia Buhari warned that the failure to curb fake news was putting social cohesion in jeopardy and threatening the peace of the nation.

She challenged ministers to speak up in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when they are unfairly attacked.

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Shedding light on her recent comments about the regulation of social media, she said: “On that very day, I also mentioned something on social media when the Sultan of Sokoto talked about social media and the bad effects on the society.

“When something happens, something that a minister is supposed to come out and say, they don’t say it.”

According to her, fake news is a threat to everyone.

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Her words: “There is no way we will have such a society and have peace. When there are no consequences, everyone does what they want.

“Whenever they (aides) are supposed to take action against the offenders, or to take action or to take charge or be in control, or caution people, they keep mute. But when it comes to unnecessary things, people will start talking of the presidency.”

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She also accused presidential aides of failing to clear the air on the recent marriage rumour about the president.

She stated that the president and herself were in the dark about the marriage rumour.

Her words: “I didn’t take it seriously because even my husband didn’t know what was happening. Both of us didn’t know what was happening; they just decided to bombard social media with it. They are now taking to social media to bring down the government itself.

“I think that we should not allow people that are nothing to override the innocent; I don’t know why people that are supposed to be in charge should remain mute while bad people take over the government from us. It is impossible and totally unacceptable.”

Recently, the Hajia Buhari criticised governors and ministers over the rising insecurity across the country.

She lamented that many Nigerians cannot travel to their states and villages and live peacefully, adding that there was a need for stakeholders to support President Buhari to fight insecurity.

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She added that if the issue is not tackled effectively, Nigerians would regret the outcome of insecurity soon.

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