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Aisha Buhari’s apology for govt failures is motherly, necessary — says coalition groups

Some civil society organisations have reacted to the manner the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, apologized to Nigerians over the reducing economy and insecurity experienced under the government of his husband, Muhammadu Buhari.

The civil society organisations believed that there was nothing bad with the action of the president’s wife.

The Informant247 observes that the apology of the president’s wife has generated controversy on social media platforms.

There’s been contemplation as to whether the government agrees with the claims of the first lady, or not.

Meanwhile, the Coalition of 52 northern organizations has reacted to the said apology, on Saturday.

The organizations which include a coalition of 52 Northern Groups (CNG) and Concerned Nigerians (CN), maintained that there was nothing bad with the action of the president’s wife, being a member of the first family of the president to show remorsefulness over the state of economy under the governance of her husband.

The spokesperson of the 52 northern organizations, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said: “We really don’t think she is part of the government, but morally, as a critical member of the first family what she has done is right in all respects.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong, if she like any other concerned concerned Nigerian decides to express her feelings over the state of the nation.

“Besides the first lady did not say she was apologizing on behalf of government. It was simply a motherly feeling for the nation.

“Her apology if taken in the context of a feeling from a concerned heart, would make a huge impact on distressed communities, I mean the show of humility and compassion can touch hearts.

“It doesn’t really matter whether the administration shares her sentiments or not. As a woman, she has done what is expected of any reasonable mother. We should judge her outside the administration in this context.

“It is difficult for persons in power to admit failure and Buhari is not an exception. Even out of office they rarely admit to inadequacies while in power.

“What is important is that Aisha has gone on record as the only, perhaps the first wife of a Nigerian leader to publicly critique her husband’s style of leadership. This is commendable indeed.”

Comrade Deji Adeyanju, a controversial human rights activist and the convener of Concerned Nigerians, revealed that the apology of the president’s wife was timely and necessary because she was one of those who campaigned for the president in the country in 2015 and 2019.

“The wife of the President has no constitutional role, because there is nothing like the office of the First Lady under our laws.

“However, her apology is within her right and it is timely, because she was one of those who marketed the current APC government to the country. Therefore, her apology is in line,” he told Saturday Vanguard

He further said, “Though her apology has no effect on the current situation in the country, it is necessary because she was among those who were frying bean cake on the streets to ‘con’ Nigerians (before her husband was elected in 2015). So, from a moral point of view, it is in order.

“Nonetheless, she should not have supported her husband for a second term, knowing fully well that his first tenure performance was underwhelming.”

“You can also see that her husband does not align with her in anyway, because he doesn’t see himself as a failure or willing to take responsibility for the maladministration in government. He still sees himself as a messiah, which is most unfortunate,” Deji Adeyanju decried.

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