A fresh crisis seems to have broken out at the Presidential Villa after Fatima, one of the daughters of Mamman Daura, the nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, accused Aisha, wife of the president, of perpetrating physical violence against her family.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa on Monday, Fatima also confirmed that she shot a video – initially made in 2017 but trending since Friday – depicting the First Lady purportedly being denied access to a room and her (Aisha) yelling at the occupants to vacate the particular apartment.
According to Daura’s daughter, the First Lady confronted her family over their continued presence in the “Glass House”, an apartment in the Presidential Villa, which she said was given to her father by President Buhari to reside following his inauguration as the country’s leader in 2015.
She alleged that the president’s wife threw a metal chair, which almost hit her sister’s head.
Fatima debunked speculations that Mrs Buhari was denied access to her apartment, claiming that the First Lady overreacted.
She said: “My name is Fatima. I am a daughter to Malam Mamman Daura… if one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the president is denied access to her apartment but let me give a context,” she said.
“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. You know that there are several houses and apartments in the villa. When the president got into office, he gave the Glass House to our father, Mamman Daura.
“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together like twins. When he became president, he gave the Glasshouse to our dad and said he should stay there. Our dad stayed there for three years now until when the president’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.
“When he returned, the president told our dad to move out of the apartment even to a bigger one in the villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House.”
Fatima explained that the Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment, adding that the decision to move Yusuf there was for Mrs Buhari to have easier access to her son during his recuperation period.
Daura’s daughter narrated that her father, who she said was out of the country with her mother at that period, had asked her and her siblings to vacate the apartment based on the president’s instruction.
She stated that they were following her father’s directive when the First Lady’s next course of action brought pandemonium to the seat of power.
Fatima alleged that Mrs Buhari picked up a metal chair and broke the door of the locked apartment, leaving her shocked at such action.
She claimed she recorded the video as “proof” to show her parents upon their return as well as the security agencies about the conduct of the president’s wife.
Fatima said: “We planned to park out then and have even concluded moving all the things. All of a sudden, in the afternoon, as we were busy on that errand of packing our belongings when we heard noise from outside. I was in an inner room in the house while my sister was in an outer one close to the main gate of the apartment. So my sister went out before I could come out.
“On getting there, it was the wife of the president. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. I have sent the picture to you. My sister that went out was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.
“I was so shocked and afraid of getting there because she was shouting and reigning abuses words and saying we should move out of that apartment. That she has never seen this kind of thing before. I then went back and picked my phone because if one is to say that she acted that way, no one would believe it without a proof. She has already been saying a lot of things depicting that she is being suppressed.
“So I recorded it to show our parents and the security so that they will know the truth should anything happen. Because the way she was raging and shouting, I was thinking that she would pick something and hit us with it or something like that. That was why we recorded it. Had it been we wanted to release the video, we would have done it earlier. But you know if a video clip enters one or two hands, you can’t control where it will get to.”
Daura’s daughter also claimed to have more videos of the incident, saying Mrs Buhari insulted the security personnel and purportedly drove them away from their duty posts.
She added that she will send the videos to the BBC reporter.
The First Lady, on her part, confirmed to the broadcaster that she was indeed the individual seen raging in the video.
According to Mrs Buhari, Fatima laughed at her while recording the video, claiming that she was allowed to record the video by security operatives present because she is Mamman Daura’s daughter.
The president’s wife also alleged that contrary to Fatima’s own version of events, the door to the room was shut against her by the Dauras.
The First Lady said: “I was the one in the video, those behind me were the security personnel given to protect me, but Mamman Daura’s daughter, Fatima, shot the video in the presence of security officials and everybody. She was laughing at me because my husband said they should vacate the place for my son to occupy.
“I wanted to pass through that door to go into a store but they closed the door. I took an alternative route but the door was still locked.”
A source at the presidency has confirmed that the trending video is being investigated.
“What we can say at the moment is that the video is undergoing investigation to ascertain if indeed the lady in question was the one who spoke. That process is on,” the source told the Punch.