Fatima Daura has finally put to rest rumours that her father, Mamman Daura was responsible for allegedly ‘organizing’ a second wife for President Muhammadu Buhari.
It will be recalled that Daura, an Older nephew of the President is widely regarded as the head of a ‘Cabal’ responsible for taking most decisions under the current administration. It was rumoured that the Cabal has pressured the President to marry Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of Humanitarian affairs in order to spite the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, who has been very critical of them.
In an interview with BBC Hausa Service, Fatima revealed that 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 rumours 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”.
When asked if her father was controlling the president, she said: “I think the question should be directed to her (Aisha). 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.”
“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 we as his children, he doesn’t impose things on us,” she told the BBC.
“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.” She said.