The BBC is shunning the mounting pressure from the Presidency and the National Assembly to prevent it from airing the explosive interview granted it by first lady Aisha Buhari.
An officer at the Abuja Bureau of the BBC said there was a letter from the Presidency asking the Hausa service of the BBC not to air the interview, Daily Trust reports.
The House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, also tried to informally stop the airing of the interview and a son of Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mamman Daura, is also said to have called to get the BBC not to use the interview.
However, the BBC wouldn’t back down and is set to to air part of the interview in the service’s morning broadcast on Friday and in full on Saturday, the source said.
In the interview, Aisha Buhari is quoted to have said that those who worked for the president has been abandoned for those who don’t even have voters card.
She also expressed fear of rebellion from the fifteen million people who voted her husband of 25 years. Mrs Buhari further revealed that certain individuals are creating tension and division within the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC)