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– APC spokesman, Timi Frank, says Mrs. Buhari deserves commendation because she spoke the minds of not only the party members, but Nigerians in a recent BBC interview
– Frank calls on Nigerian women in politics and other wives of president in the world to emulate Mrs. Buhari
– The APC spokesman says Mrs. Buhari made her feelings known in good faith for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians
The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timi Frank, says the comments made by the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, in an interview she granted the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Service (BBC), is a reflection of the feelings among many party members.
In the interview which aired on Friday. October 14, Mrs. Buhari had expressed her frustration over the treatment meted out to party loyalists by those she said didn’t play any role in the ascension of her husband to the presidency but were now calling the shots.
Reacting to the interview, Frank in a statement on Friday said Mrs. Buhari deserves commendation because she spoke the minds of not only the party members, but Nigerians in the interview, the Punch reports.
“What Mrs. Buhari has said is not different from what some of us have been saying that it is high time the President shook up his cabinet and brought in people who understand the manifestoes of the party and can help the party deliver on its change mantra, especially in the area of the economy of the country which needs urgent attention,” the APC spokesman said.
“Some of our leaders like the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, have made this same observation in the past and I think they meant well for the administration and the country. I will also join them in appealing to the President to do the needful.
Frank called on Nigerian women in politics and other wives of president in the world to emulate Mrs. Buhari.
“We should not forget in a hurry that this is what the former first lady Mrs. Patience Jonathan failed to do to her husband when few people hijacked his government and brought the government down,” he said.
Frank advised President Buhari to act fast and correct some of the issues currently threatening the existence of the party.
The APC spokesman however, cautioned members of the opposition against misinterpreting her comments.
He said she made her feelings known in good faith for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Garba Shehu, the official spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, has taken to his official Twitter account to explain the controversial statement of the president he made during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Buhari in the German capital, Berlin, in response to a remark by his wife, Aisha, that his government had been hijacked by a cabal had said shocking remark that his wife belonged to his kitchen, his living room and the other room.
But as criticisms mounted, the presidency moved late Friday to downplay the president’s remark, saying Mr. Buhari was only joking.
“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense (of) humour anymore? Mr. President laughed before that statement was made,” Garba Shehu said in a statement published on twitter.