Daughter of Mamman Daura, a close associate and childhood friend of President Muhammadu Buhari, has stated that she does not know who released the video recording of First Lady, Aisha Buhari, that circulated on social media.
Speaking in an interview translated from Hausa, Fatima Mamman Daura, stated that she recorded the video as a precautionary measure for her parents, shortly after Yusuf Buhari’s return from Germany, following a power bike accident that left the President’s son in a critical condition.
Ms. Daura stated that the incident in question emanated from an altercation that occurred when the Daura’s were moving from the Glass House, into another house in the Villa. She stated that following the President’s reallocation of the Glass House to his son, Yusuf, to provide closer access to his mother during his recuperation after his treatment, the First Lady came to the Glass House unannounced, broke the door open, pushed passed the security guards and started shouting.
Ms. Daura 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 that apartment to an even bigger one in the Villa, that Yusuf is going to stay and be treated in the Glass House. The Glass House is closer to the main presidential apartment and that will make easier access to him by his mother. It is not in her apartment which is in the main apartment.”
Fatima narrated what led to the incident that was captured in the video, saying she recorded it to use as evidence against the first lady.
“(On that day) My mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed me and my elder sister, both of us are working and we go to work every morning, that we should come on a Saturday and move our belongings to the new apartment the president instructed,” she said.
“We planned to pack 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.”
Ms. Daura stated categorically that she does not know who released the video, however, she only recorded it to show her parents as a precautionary measure.
“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,” Fatima Daura stated.