Nigeria’s First Lady gives stern warning to president

Oct 14, 2016, 7:43 AM EDT
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's wife has warned the leader that she may not support him in the next election if he fails to revamp the current government, which she said has been hijacked by a few people. Aisha Buhari publically voiced her discontentment with the leadership, saying that the president doesn’t know 45 out of 50 people appointed by him, suggesting that the appointments were made under the influence of a few of those who wield political clout.

Tanking oil prices and a currency devaluation pushed the Nigerian economy into recession in August for the first time in a decade, writes the BBC. In her frank interview to the BBC, Aisha also praised the government for successfully reining in Boko Haram militants in the north-east.

Aisha, whose grandfather was Nigeria's first defense minister, has never held a public office but she joined her husband’s election campaign last year, reports Reuters. Critics say that the president was slow to react to currency devaluation, which worsened the country’s economic downfall this year.  

Meanwhile, reports emerged that the president and the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, attempted to informally dissuade the BBC from broadcasting the interview, notes International Business Times