– BBC Hausa Service is defying pressure from the presidency to stop it from airing the controversial interview granted by the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari
– BBC said the only condition that can make the service not air the interview is for the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, to decide against it
– The president had earlier started mounting pressure on the service not to air the full interview of Aisha Buhari
BBC Hausa Service is defying pressure from the presidency and National Assembly trying to stop it from airing the controversial interview granted by the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, Daily Trust.
It was reported earlier that the president has started mounting pressure on the BBC Hausa Service not to air the full interview of Aisha Buhari.
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The President Buhari kitchen cabinet has reached out to the BBC not to air the full interview as it is suspected that the first lady might have said more damaging things.
A source within the Abuja Bureau of the BBC said that there was a letter from the presidency asking the Hausa service of the BBC not to air the interview.
The Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, according to the source, also tried to informally dissuade the BBC from airing the interview.
Mamman Daura, a son of President Buhari’s powerful nephew, was also said to have called to get the BBC not to use the interview.
However, the source said the BBC wouldn’t backdown on its promise to air the interview as an independent media organisation.
BBC reportedly said the only condition that can make the service not air the interview is for the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, to decide against it. Even in that case her voice recanting what she had said in the interview would be aired.
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A part of the interview will be aired in the service’s morning broadcast on Friday, October 14. The full interview will be aired on its programme, ‘Gane Mini Hanya’, on Saturday, October 15.
Mrs Aisha Buhari in the interview had said that President Muhammadu Buhari does not personally know most of the people he appoints in his administration.
She also raised concern over the possibility that some people have started causing division within the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Source : Naij.comNaij.com