BBC interview: Islamic cleric calls for immediate arrest of Aisha Buhari

An Islamic cleric in Kano State has called on security agencies to arrest Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, because her BBC interview is “capable of inciting millions of Nigerians against her husband.”

Mrs. Buhari in an interview with the Hausa Service of BBC said President Muhammadu Buhari did not know most of the top officials he appointed into offices.

In an unprecedented move, she publicly criticised her husband’s cabinet, warning that some people who did not labour for his victory have hijacked his government, alienating those who struggled to build the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

She added that she may not support her husband’s re-election in 2019 unless he rejigs his cabinet.

Excerpt of the interview has sparked fierce condemnation in Kano State.

According to ThisDay newspaper, at Jamaatul Izalatul Bid’ah Mosque in Farm Centre, Kano, Shiek Ismail Illyasu Mangu spoke to the thousands of worshipers immediately after the Jumaat prayer, calling on security agencies to arrest the First Lady “because her interview is capable of inciting millions of Nigerians against her husband.

“We are sad about the interview granted by the wife of the President. We believe that opposition members in the country are using her against the government. Her statement is unfair and capable of inciting violence. It is a threat to the peace of the country and we do hope the security agencies will immediately arrest her.

“We believed that some ungrateful elements in the country are using the wife of the president to tarnish the image of the president and the country. Nigerians are not in her support,” Shiek Mangu reportedly said.

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