appointments of some persons she alleged did not contribute to her
husband’s emergence as president in the 2015 elections but have hijacked
the government, has declared she is interested in the success of her
She had earlier in the interview expressed her frustration about “the
way things are going,” declaring “I am not happy. It was people that
brought the government into power.
More than half of those people are not appointed into
the government. Some people that are not politicians, not
professionals, were brought into government. They don’t even know what
we said we want and what we don’t during campaigns,” she said on the BBC
Both the interview and the President’s response in Berlin, Germany, drew
mix reactions from across Nigeria, fueling speculation of likely cracks
in the first family.
But in what appeared like a response to the heat generated by her
interview and apparently her first public reaction, Aisha said yesterday
at Beneshiek, headquarters of Kaga Local Government in Borno state,
that her interests lie in the success of President Buhari’s government.
“What I am after in particular is the success of my husband’s
administration and he can’t do it alone except with the help of the
governors, their wives and all members of our progressive party,”
she declared at the flag off of nutritional foods and household utensils
to Internally displaced persons who recently returned to their
Looking calmer and smiling throughout the occasion, Aisha advised wives
of political leaders, governors, legislators, local government chairmen
and counsellors to work closely with their husbands for the well-being
of the people.
She explained that the distribution of the food items and other relief
materials for the returnee IDPs was sourced from donations by
well-meaning Nigerians through her recently launched ‘Get Involve’
programme under her Future Assured project. She stated that the
launching of the Get Involve “consolidated and united” Nigerians even as
she thanked those who made donations for the programme, saying the
people of Borno appreciate their gesture.
She said she was happy that the flag off of the food distribution took
place, noting that it was in fulfillment of her husband’s campaign
promise to resettle displaced victims of Boko Haram insurgency and
rescue all citizen abducted or held by Boko Haram including the Chibok
“We thank almighty Allah that we have started fulfilling some of the
campaign promises that we made. This is the essence of leadership; you
make a promise and then fulfilled it. We thank my dear husband who make
sure peace is returned to the northeast states,” she said.
Wife of Borno State governor, Nana Shettima commended Mrs Buhari for the
distribution, adding that it was the third time the First Lady would
visit the state to attend to the humanitarian challenges of Borno
people. She assured that she will continue to collaborate with Mrs
Buhari’s Future Assured project through her Support for Widows, Orphans
and Tsangaya (SWOT) programme.