Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, spoke from London on Thursday and declared that she cannot be stopped from voicing out her opinion on issues in the country, because she has the constitutional right to free expression.
She was speaking as a guest caller on the popular TVC Programme, Journalists’ Hangout .
Some of the controversies she stirred with her comment on the need to regulate social media, the state of insecurity and poverty, her carpeting governors and ministers for not doing enough for the people were the issues in focus on the forum on Thursday.
Asked whether she has been told to stop talking. She retorted: “Who will stop me? Everybody is talking in the country. Everybody should talk. It is freedom of speech”, she said.
Does she engage in pillow talk with her husband, President Buhari about the state of the nation, she joked: “There is no pillow in the Villa”, including the “other room”.
She clarified that she did not specifically blame the governors when she spoke last week at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs General Assembly and National Executive Council Meeting held at the National Mosque in Abuja, because she is aware the problems the country is going through have piled up as a result of total long-term neglect.
“We are all suffering from it. Whether you are an executive or ordinary citizen. We can’t go to our villages and sleep with two eyes closed. It cuts across”.
She also clarified her position on social media regulation. She said at the NSCIA forum, the Minister of Communications shared a story where someone had called Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to confirm whether Osinbajo had resigned as published in the social media. She said she was surprised that people laughed over it.
To her, it was a serious matter that officials would be indifferent to the spreading of fake news. And she told the audience that it was not a laughing matter. She expected action to be taken by those in charge of such matters, to bring an end to fake news.
“There are no consequences for offenders. You say anything you like and get away with it. We cannot have peace in such a society. Once there are no consequences, everybody does whatever he likes. Everything will be in disarray. ”
She also criticised government’s response to issues it should not bother itself about, while keeping mute on very important ones. She cited the reaction from the Presidency over a PDP statement that former President Goodluck Jonathan would be sanctioned over the loss of Bayelsa to the All Progressives Congress. Aisha Buhari said this was strictly a PDP affair that ought not to have warranted a statement from the presidency.
In contrast, she noted, the Presidency spin doctors did not move swiftly to kill the rumours that President Buhari was marrying a second wife.
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VIDEO: “Yoruba People Are The Most Primitive Nigerians” — Miyetti Allah
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has stated that despite the achievement of the Yoruba people in terms of education, they are the most primitive Nigerians in terms of political culture.
The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Alhassan said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s Tuesday morning to talk about the new security outfit created by South West governors, Amotekun.
According to Alhassan, Miyetti Allah as a group sees Amotekun as an extension of OPC which has a history of violence.
“For us, Amotekun that is the Yoruba tribal militia, it is one of the greatest threats of democracy we have now in place because you cannot empower an ethnic militia that has a history of violent crime because essentially what you have as Amotekun is OPC, Oodua Peoples Congress that has a history of heinous crimes and killings and the proponents of Amotekun has not hidden who their targets are.”
When asked to address his recent comment saying the South West might lose the presidency if they do not scrap Amotekun, Saleh said:
“It is not a blackmail. Unfortunately with strong apologies to my South West friends, despite the education of the Yoruba people, they still remain the most primitive in terms of political culture. They are not tolerant to opposition.”
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Miyetti Allah said Yoruba’s remain the most primitive in terms of political culture & that Amotekun was set up to target them!. I still don’t understand this type of romance that Channels TV has with these Buhari kinsmen.. pic.twitter.com/jf1jHXReXk
— SAPIOSEXUAL (@Mazimum_) January 21, 2020
BREAKING: Boko Haram Executes Abducted Adamawa CAN Official
The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has been killed by Boko Haram terrorists.
Andimi, who was kidnapped by the terrorists in early January was killed on Monday, by his kidnappers, according to veteran Journalist, Ahmad Salkida in a tweet on his handle @A_Salkida on Tuesday.
“To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family,” Salkida tweeted.
To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family. pic.twitter.com/1G9n3RLQjk
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) January 21, 2020
A video clip had surfaced days after his abduction in which he was seen pleading with the Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri to rescue him.
“I have never been discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself …is in the hand of God. God who made them to take care of me. So, the summary of my speech; I am appealing to my colleagues, reverends, particularly my president, Reverend Joel Billy who is a strong man, a man of compassion and man of love. He can do all his best to speak to our governor, Umaru Jibrilla (Fintiri) and other necessary agents for my release here,” he had said.
Nigerians React As Buhari Is Absent At UK Summit Dinner For African Leaders
As part of activities to mark the UK-Africa Investment Summit which started yesterday January 20th, members of the Royal family led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Princess Kate, hosted a cross section of African leaders who are in the UK for the summit, to a dinner reception.
African leaders including Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, and others were present at the dinner
President Muhammadu Buhari was however not in attendance. He was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Reacting to the development, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to ask why their president was not in attendance at the dinner.
Some even insinuated Mr. Buhari might have used the opportunity of being in the UK to do a quick medical check-up.
Below are few photos from the event and reactions that have followed.