Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said she criticised her husband's government during an interview on BBC because of her sense of justice and not out of disrespect.
The President's wife disclosed this on Saturday at the Vanguard Personality of the Year 2017 awards.
Aisha, who was represented by Halima, one of her daughters, said she was brought up to stand by the truth and that is how she has been living her life.
“I wish to thank the management of Vanguard Media Limited for this unexpected award, in recognition of my humanitarian efforts towards improving the health and welfare of Nigerians particularly women, children and less privileged.
“One of the reasons adduced for honouring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of. I need to state that my position was a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect.
“I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been. As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband; I, therefore, feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability. Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so," she said.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Aisha had threatened not to support her husband's government in 2019 if 'hyenas and jackals' in the current administration continued to rule the country. She said this during the interview which went viral in 2016.