BBC interview: Islamic cleric calls for Aisha Buhari’s arrest

An Islamic cleric, Shiek Ismail Illyasu Mangu, has called on security agencies to arrest the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, over her public criticism of her husband on the interview she granted the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Service (BBC).

Shiek Mangu, reacting to the comments made by Aisha Buhari, at Jamaatul Izalatul Bid’ah Mosque in Farm Centre, Kano, said the interview of the first lady is capable of inciting millions of Nigerians against her husband, This day reports.

Speaking to thousands of worshipers immediately after the Jumaat prayer, the cleric suggested that members of the opposition in the country were using first lady to tarnish the image of the president and the country.

“We are sad about the interview granted by the wife of the President. We believe that opposition members in the country are using her against the government. Her statement is unfair and capable of inciting violence. It is a threat to the peace of the country and we do hope the security agencies will immediately arrest her,” the cleric said.

“We believed that some ungrateful elements in the country are using the wife of the president to tarnish the image of the president and the country. Nigerians are not in her support. ”
Recall that the wife of the president in the BBC interview aired on Friday, October 14, had expressed her frustration over the treatment meted out to party loyalists by those she said didn’t play any role in the ascension of her husband to the presidency but were now calling the shots.

In a reaction, the president who is in Germany on a state visit dismissed his wife’s claim saying: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
But the presidency however was quick to point out that the reference to kitchen was not intended to be derogatory but humourous.

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