The BBC has insisted on airing the controversial interview granted by wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, resisting mounting pressures from the Presidency and National Assembly to stop it from airing the explosive interview.
A source within the Abuja Bureau of the BBC told Daily Trust that there was a letter from the Presidency asking the Hausa service of the BBC not to air the interview.
The Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, according to the source, also tried to informally stop the BBC from airing the interview. A son of Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mamman Daura, is also said to have called to get the BBC not to use the interview.
However, the source told Daily Trust, the BBC wouldn’t back down and is set to air part of the interview in the service’s morning broadcast on Friday and in full on Saturday. In the interview, Aisha Buhari is quoted to have said that those who worked for the president has been abandoned for those who don’t even have voters card.
She also expressed fear of rebellion from the fifteen million people who voted her husband of 25 years. Mrs Buhari further revealed that certain individuals are creating tension and division within the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC)