2023: Presidency distances Buhari from Mamman Daura’s comment on zoning

2023: Presidency distances Buhari from Mamman Daura's comment on zoning

The presidency has reacted to Mamman Daura’s comment in which he opposed the application of rotational presidency in the country ahead of the 2023 elections.

Speaking with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, July 28, Daura, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, had submitted that 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.

According to him, Nigeria needs to make a bold paradigm shift away from the fruitless status quo.

But, the presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president (media and publicity), said the views expressed by Daura were his alone.

Shehu said Daura’s position did not in any way reflect that that of the Buhari-led government

“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, in any way, reflect that of either the President or his administration,” part of the statement read.

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The presidential aide noted that Daura was qualified to hold his own perspective on issues and does not need anyone’s permission to so.

Shehu was of the opinion that the English translation of the interview which was conducted in Hausa did not do justice to what Daura said as the context was mixed up and his words had been taken out of proportion.


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