BBC interview: Daura’s views personal – Presidency

BBC interview: Daura’s views personal – Presidency

The Presidency has dissociated itself from the views expressed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Malam Mamman Daura, in a recent interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

According to the Presidency in a statement, Saturday night in Abuja, the views and opinions expressed by Daura in the interview,

like he reportedly stated, were personally his, and do not represent those of the President or his administration.

Daura had reportedly made comments translated by some other interests across the country to suggest

that the north/south rotational pattern, which presumably paved the way to the Presidency for President Buhari, would no longer apply from 2023 during the interview.

However, the Presidency, in the statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,

Mallam Garba Shehu noted that besides the fact that Daura’s thoughts were misinterpreted in the English translation of the interview,
the octogenarian who had attained the status of a statesman was exercising his constitutionally guaranteed rights by speaking on issues of national concern.

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“We have received many requests for comments on the interview granted

by Malam Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew to the BBC Hausa Service.

“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, reflect that of either the President or his administration.

“At age 80, and has served as editor and managing director of one of this country’s most influential newspapers,

the New Nigerian, certainly, Malam Mamman qualifies as an elder statesman with a national duty

to hold perspectives and disseminate them as guaranteed under our constitution and laws of the land.

He does not need the permission or clearance of anyone to exercise this right.

“To circulate the content of the interview to a wider audience, the English translation did no justice to the interview,

which was granted in Hausa, and as a result, they mixed the context up and

new meanings introduced and/or not properly articulated.

“The issues discussed during the interview centered on themes on how the country could birth

an appropriate process of political dialogue, leading to evaluation, assessment,

and a democratic outcome that would serve the best interest of the average Nigerian irrespective of where they come from.

“These issues remain at the heart of our developing and young democracy, and as a veteran journalist, scholar and statesman, Malam Mamman has seen enough to add his voice to those of many other participants,” the statement said.

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