– The presidency has said distanced itself from the remarks attributed Mamman Daura, in which he kicked against the application of rotational presidency in the country
– Daura said Nigerians should always go for competence in picking their leaders instead of zoning
– In reaction, presidential aide, Garba Shehu, said the views do not represent the position of President Buhari or that of his administration
– Shehu suggested that the interview which was conducted in Hausa has been taken out of proportion in the English translation
The presidency has reacted to Mamman Daura’s comment in which he opposed the application of rotational presidency in the country ahead of the 2023 elections.
Speaking with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, July 28, Daura, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, had submitted that 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.
According to him, Nigeria needs to make a bold paradigm shift away from the fruitless status quo.
But, the presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president (media and publicity), said the views expressed by Daura were his alone.
Shehu said Daura’s position did not in any way reflect that that of the Buhari-led government
“It is important that we state from the onset that as mentioned by the interviewee, the views expressed were personal to him and did not, in any way, reflect that of either the President or his administration,” part of the statement read.
The presidential aide noted that Daura was qualified to hold his own perspective on issues and does not need anyone’s permission to so.
Shehu was of the opinion that the English translation of the interview which was conducted in Hausa did not do justice to what Daura said as the context was mixed up and his words had been taken out of proportion.
Nigerians have reacted to Shehu’s defence of Daura, with some asking if the presidency is not tired of doing damage control.
@onyokpo replying to Shehu said: “It is a shame that the presidential spokesmen are defending Daura but refused to act on issues that are agitating the minds of Nigerians especially the unabated killings of Nigerians, especially in Southern Kaduna. The EFCC , NDDC and other mind breaking corruption allegations.”
@AnObliviousGeek said: “The president’s official spokesperson is now speaking on behalf of Mamman Daura. Not on killings in Kaduna, Boko Haram attacking Governor Zullum of Borno or even the deaths that occurred in Nasarawa today. His priority is people misrepresenting their insatiable power-mongering.”
Daura might have spoken out his conviction, but unfortunately, his comment has raised more questions from people who have a date with 2023 presidency.
His statement has been courting different comments from advocates of power shift who berated him for being hypocritical, wondering why he never made mention of that prior to the 2019 general election which brought Buhari to power.
Reacting to Daura’s comment on power shift, the president-general of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo insisted that it is the turn of the south, particularly Ndigbo to produce the president in 2023.
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