Nigeria’s Buhari may not get wife’s support in 2019 re-election run

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 14 (UPI) — The wife of the president of Nigeria may support him for re-election unless he shakes up the government, she said Friday.

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, told a BBC interviewer her husband, 74, is not aware of who he has appointed in ministerial positions, adding that a “few people” behind the appointments in the ruling All Progressives Congress party have “hijacked” the government.

He was elected in 2016 after a campaign in which he promised an end to government corruption.

Mrs. Buharui added her husband’s greatest achievement since taking office in May is improved security in northeastern Nigeria, where the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram has seen its authority decline in recent months.

“No-one is complaining about being attacked in their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc. Even kids in Maiduguri [the city where Boko Haram was founded] have returned to schools,” she said.

Part of the interview was aired Tuesday, after which the Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust reported the BBC received a letter from the President Buhari, asking them to forego broadcasting the rest of the interview.

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