Fatima, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, has accused First Lady Aisha Buhari of attacking her inside the presidential villa in Abuja.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Fatima confirmed that she recorded the viral video of Mrs Buhari speaking in anger.
The video went viral following rumours that President Buhari was planning to take another wife, Sadiya Farouq, who is the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.
In the video, Aisha is seen, though not completely, complaining about being denied access to her apartment. However, Fatima said the incident occurred in 2017 after Aisha asked her family to leave an apartment in the villa given to them by the president.
Fatima said Buhari first told them to move to an apartment called the Glass House said to be close to the main presidential apartment. Our dad stayed there for three years now until when the president’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment,” she said.
“When he returned, the president told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House. The Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment and that will make easier access to him by his mother. It is not in her apartment which is in the main apartment.”
On the day the video was recorded, Fatima said: “My mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed me and my elder sister, both of us are working and we go to work every morning, that we should come on a Saturday and move our belongings to the new apartment the president instructed.
“We planned to park out then and have even concluded moving all the things. All of a sudden, in the afternoon as we were busy on that errand of packing our belongings when we heard noise from outside. I was in an inner room in the house while my sister was in an outer one close to the main gate of the apartment. So my sister went out before I could come out.
“On getting there, it was the wife of the president. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. I have sent the picture to you. My sister that went out was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister. I was so shocked and afraid of getting there because she was shouting and reigning abuses words and saying we should move out of that apartment. That she has never seen this kind of thing before. I then went back and picked my phone because if one is to say that she acted that way, no one would believe it without a proof. She has already been saying a lot of things depicting that she is being suppressed.
“So I recorded it to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. Because the way she was raging and shouting, I was thinking that she would pick something and hit us with it or something like that. That was why we recorded it. Had it been we wanted to release the video, we would have done it earlier. But you know if a video clip enters one or two hands, you can’t control where it will get to. There are even other clips that have not been released, I will send them to you to see how she was insulting the security and how she drove them away saying who are they protecting and calling them bloody idiots. It’s all on the video clip. That was what happened.”
Aisha, on her return to the country on early Sunday, also confirmed the authenticity of the video. She has been critical of Daura as one of the supposed members of the cabal who have allegedly hijacked Buhari’s government.Photo Credit: Getty