The daughter of close Presidential confident, Mamman Daura, Fatima Daura, has reacted to the controversy surrounding her father and Aisha Buhari.
Rumours spread last week that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, was taking another wife, rumoured to be Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, to add to Aisha Buhari and that Mamman Daura is the mastermind behind it.
There have been many allegations that Daura has undue influence on the President and this came to the fore again thanks to this situation.
Speaking to BBC Hausa, Fatima said that her father is a monogamists and that the idea to take another wife could never come from her father. “Wallahi, it is a lie. It is all part of what I am saying about the false allegations against our father. He is not even aware of the rumours about the marriage issue because he doesn’t use the social media. They are both monogamous. Both my dad and the president practice monogamy. They are all lies aimed at blackmailing him. They keep falsely accusing him. It does not tally with reason,” she said.
There was also the issue of the viral video that showed a visibly upset Aisha Buhari making a racket in a room. The explanation given was that they locked the first lady in that room so that she wouldn’t interfere with the President’s pending nuptials. Fatima claimed that she took the video herself and that it came from 2017 when they (her father and his family) were asked to leave a particular apartment they were residing in. She claimed that the video was evidence of Aisha Buhari and her violent nature.
Read what she said below:
If one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the president is denied access to her apartment but let me give a context.
“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. You know that there are several houses and apartments in the villa. When the president got into office, he gave the Glass House to our father, Mamman Daura.
“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together like twins. When he became president, he gave the Glasshouse to our dad and said he should stay there. Our dad stayed there for three years now until when the president’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.
“When he returned, the president told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House. The Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment and that will make easier access to him by his mother. It is not in her apartment which is in the main apartment.
(On that day) My mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed me and my elder sister, both of us are working and we go to work every morning, that we should come on a Saturday and move our belongings to the new apartment the president instructed.
“We planned to pack out then and have even concluded moving all the things. All of a sudden, in the afternoon as we were busy on that errand of packing our belongings when we heard noise from outside. I was in an inner room in the house while my sister was in an outer one close to the main gate of the apartment. So my sister went out before I could come out.
“On getting there, it was the wife of the president. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. I have sent the picture to you. My sister that went out was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.
“I was so shocked and afraid of getting there because she was shouting and reigning abusive words and saying we should move out of that apartment. That she has never seen this kind of thing before. I then went back and picked my phone because if one is to say that she acted that way, no one would believe it without a proof. She has already been saying a lot of things depicting that she is being suppressed.
“So I recorded it to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. Because the way she was raging and shouting, I was thinking that she would pick something and hit us with it or something like that. That was why we recorded it. Had it been we wanted to release the video, we would have done it earlier. But you know if a video clip enters one or two hands, you can’t control where it will get to.
“There are even other clips that have not been released, I will send them to you to see how she was insulting the security and how she drove them away saying who are they protecting and calling them bloody idiots. Its all on the video clip. That was what happened.” she said
For her part, when asked about the situation with the marriage, Aisha Buhari had a lot less to say. Speaking to BBC Hausa, she said that on the matter of the alleged marriage, Buhari should be the one being questioned. “He is the one they said is getting married not me so he is the one that should publicly deny it. The person they said he’s getting married to didn’t deny it initially, she waited until the wedding didn’t hold on the said date before she publicly denied it.” she said.
— BBC News Hausa (@bbchausa) October 14, 2019
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