President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura, has broken his silence on their relationship, saying he usually advises the president but does not tell him what to do.
In an interview with the BBC Hausa Service, Daura, often regarded as a very influential persons in the corridors of power and a strong influence on the president, said “he is my uncle, he is my father’s younger brother. My father is the first born of their mother and General Buhari is their last,” Daura said, while explaining his relationship with President Buhari.
When asked if it was true that he and the president spent their younger years together, he said, “It is true we were together,” adding that he has been visiting the president to greet him and advise him.
“I do visit him to greet him. I do offer him advice, but I don’t just go and tell him what to do. You don’t do that with the government,” he said.
While speaking on the agitations in some sections of the country for power shift ahead of the 2023 general elections, Daura said it is better for competence to prevail. “This turn by turn, it was done once, it was done twice, it was done thrice… It is better for this country to be one… It should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere.”