Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, has refuted reports that her father is the one controlling President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with BBC Hausa Service on notion that her father, Mamman Daura, was controlling the president she said: “If one would be objective, one would understand that they (Buhari and Daura) grew up together, shared the same friends and did a lot of things together So if anyone is appointed that is close to our dad, that person is also close to the president.
“They have been together and they do things together. Everyone has his own confidant that he listens to. I think that is the reason for the allegations. They are very close friends. They are also related by blood so there is no way you can separate them.”
Mamman Daura, who is Buhari’s older nephew, is considered to be even more powerful than the Nigeria leader and is behind all decisions made by President Buhari.
In the interview, Fatima said her father and Buhari are monogamists.
“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 rumors about the marriage issue because he doesn’t use 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.
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“Wallahi, it is not like that. You guys are journalists, you can investigate and see how our father is. He is a shy fellow, doesn’t talk a lot and hardly cares about other people’s businesses. Even as his children, he doesn’t impose things on us.
“You know the president can seek his advice but he is not the kind of fellow that will impose or insist on something. He can simply advise and stay away at home minding his business.
“He hardly speaks, he is 80 years old. When you talk to him about the allegations, he says you should not bother yourselves, that God is clearing his sins by such false accusations. If you are reasonable, you will see that the powers being allotted to our father by his accusers are wrong. It is only God that has such powers. It doesn’t make sense.”
“Definitely, it is sad to hear your father being wrongly accused. But for the fact that our father is solely dependent on God and we are also like that, it doesn’t bother us much. We see it as the price we have to pay for being loyal to the president, for being there for him and for supporting him. One day, the truth will come out,” Fatima said.
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