The Hausa Service of the BBC may be on the verge to flout pressure from the Presidency and National Assembly trying to stop it from airing the controversial interview granted to it by the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari.
Daily Trust quoted a source within the Abuja Bureau of the BBC as saying that there was a letter from the Presidency asking the BBC Hausa not to air the interview.
The source, who seemed to know a lot on the matter, also stated that the Speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, tried to informally dissuade the media house from airing the interview.
It was also gathered that the son of Buhari’s powerful nephew, Mamman Daura, have been called to get the BBC not to use the interview.
In the interview granted to the BBC Hausa, Aisha Buhari had said those who worked for the president have been abandoned for those who don’t even have voters card.
The First Lady also expressed fear of rebellion from the fifteen million people who voted her husband.
She said: “This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered, but are no where today.
Those who didn’t do anything who don’t even have voters’ cards are the ones in position, doing everything.” “What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people.”
It was learnt that some prominent persons in the President Muhammadu Buhari kitchen cabinet have reached out to the BBC not to air the full interview as it is suspected that the First Lady might have said more injurious comments.
However, the source maintained that the British Broadcasting house would not withdraw on its promise to air the interview as an independent media organisation.
The source, who craved anonymity, however, stated that the only condition that can make the service not to 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.
Therefore, a part of the interview will be aired in the service’s morning broadcast tomorrow. It will be aired in full on its programme, ‘Gane Mini Hanya’, on Saturday.