President Muhammadu Buhari’s older nephew, Mamman Daura, has spoken about his relationship with the president, saying he only advise and not dictate to him.
According to The Vanguard, Daura made the statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service.
Daura is rumoured to be the head of the so-called cabal that allegedly influences most decisions of the Buhari administration.
Breaking his silence on the relationship with Buhari, Daura said he does not impose his decision on the president.
“You don’t do that to the government,” he said.
Daura said he visits Buhari and offers him advice at the request of the president.
“My father was their mother’s firstborn. Buhari is the last born.
“Yes, I do visit him to greet him. I do give him advice, but if he asked…I advise him. But I don’t go there on my own and insist I must do this or that. No. You don’t do that to the government,” Daura was quoted to have said.
The president’s wife, Aisha Buhari has been critical of Daura.
In October 2019, a video of the first lady and Fatima, one of Daura’s daughter, in a heated argument surfaced online.
Fatima, however, said Aisha attacked her inside the villa.
Speaking on zoning of government positions, Daura said it is better for competence to prevail.
“This turn by turn, it was done once, it was done twice, it was done trice… It is better for this country to be on. It should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he said.