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RE: Buhari doesn’t know 90% of the people he appoints

Buhari's appointments promote nepotism. Take a look at the list of his defense and security apparatus, the recently appointed 2 Supreme Court Justices

Below is Dr. Idris Ahmed’s spin on First Lady Aisha’s BBC interview. Dr. Ahmed to say the least, tried hard to confuse his readers about Aisha’s BBC interview. 

He conveniently omitted the heart of Aisha’s interview to deliberately misinterpret and misinform his readers. Below Dr. Ahmed’s piece is my response. 



In an interview with the Hausa section of BBC World Service, which was aired recently, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, made the following ironic statement:

“Among all the people he (President Buhari) selected, if he is asked among 50 people, he does not know 45. I don’t know them despite staying with him for 27years.”

Fantastic! If his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has been appointing 90% of people whom he never knew, this means that beyond any doubt, Nigeria is heading to greatness.

The REAL change and foundation for a great nation begins when Nigerians are appointed not based on nepotism, or based on political, religious, tribal and other considerations, but because they merit such appointments.

Confused enemies of the Nigerian state, are misinterpreting this interview, given by the First Lady, to disparage the President. 

The fact remains true that regardless of our political and other considerations, President Buhari’s success is indeed our success.

Love him or loath him, President Muhammadu Buhari is the founder of Great Nigeria. He is one of the greatest blessings that ever happened to us as a nation.

Let us all show gratitude to God by appreciating this blessing. We must pray to God for his good health, long life and protection. 

The man has shaken the enemies of Nigeria like nobody before him did. 

No President before him has ever sent military chiefs, ministers, and now senior judges to jail, all for corruption.

When Buhari said that people should not fear him, but only fear the consequences of their actions, and that he belonged to everybody, yet belonged to nobody, we now know what he was talking about!

May God bless Nigeria and Nigerians. Amen.

Dr. Idris Ahmed.


My response:

Dr. Idris Ahmed: 


Sir, you’re misinterpreting what the First Lady meant by her husband doesn’t know 45 out of the 50 people he appointed to cabinet and other high profile positions.

You have mischievously omitted the heart of Aisha’s interview to deliberately misinterpret, mislead, and misinform your readers. 

There is no way you can spin what Aisha said, it won’t work.

Aisha’s statement is not a compliment, rather a serious indictment on Buhari’s lack of good judgment in appointing right people to the right positions. 

One of the qualities of a good leader is to be able to evaluate the talent, gift, and skills of people and plug them in right places where they can serve and give their best to their country by way of reform and innovation in their various capacities.

If Buhari doesn’t know the strengths and weaknesses of his appointees, how he’s going to figure out who is best for what position? 

This is what Aisha is complaining about.

Please post the full text of Aisha’s interview for your readers and let them see what and why Aisha was angry about. 

For example, in the interview, Aisha said all those APC members who worked tirelessly to elect her husband were not appointed to positions. 

And listen to this: She said she would not campaign for her husband that any woman should vote for him next time. 

Sir, is that an approval of a good job by Buhari? He’ll NO! She’s not talking about nepotism.

Sir, by the way, Buhari’s appointments no doubt, promotes nepotism. Take a look at the list of his defense and security apparatus.

The recently appointed two Supreme Court Justices by Buhari more than anything confirms nepotism. 

All the two justices are northerners.

In fact, Aisha’s interview is the center piece of my column for the week. Stay tuned!

Bayode Oluwasanmi


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