Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, at the behest of the Presidency has responded to recent viral criticism of comments made by President Buhari’s nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura regarding the merit, or lack thereof, of operating a rotational form of presidency in Nigeria.
Daily Times gathered that Mr Garba made this known late evening on Saturday via a post from his official Facebook profile, insisting that Mallam Mamman’s views represent the opinion of an eminent citizen of the country, who enjoys the inalienable right to exercise his views and perspectives on nation building
“We have received numerous requests for comments on the interview granted by Mallam Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew to the BBC Hausa Service”
“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”
“At 80, and having served as editor and managing director of one of this country’s most influential newspapers, the New Nigerian, certainly, Mallam Mamman qualifies as an elder statesman with a national duty to hold perspectives and disseminate them as guaranteed under our constitution and laws of the land. He does not need the permission or clearance of anyone to exercise this right” he said.
Mr Garba also blamed the media for misconstruction, holding that the English translation of the interview, which was originally conducted in Hausa, did not accurately represent Mallam Mamman’s thoughts as expressed
“In an attempt to circulate the content of the interview to a wider audience, the English translation clearly did no justice to the interview, which was granted in Hausa, and as a result, the context was mixed up and new meanings were introduced and/or not properly articulated”
“The issues discussed during the interview, centred around themes on how the country could birth an appropriate process of political dialogue, leading to an evaluation, assessment and a democratic outcome that would serve the best interest of the average Nigerian irrespective of where they come from”
“These issues remain at the heart of our evolving and young democracy, and as a veteran journalist, scholar and statesman, Mallam Mamman has seen enough to add his voice to those of many other participants” Mr Garba said.