Mamman Daura, who is said to be one of the influential figure in the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has cleared the air on his relationship with the President.
Mamman said he is the President’s older nephew.
He noted that he doesn’t have influence on the President as most reports have alleged, adding that he only advises and not dictate to him.
The Vanguard quoted Daura to have made the statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service.
Breaking the silence on his relationship with Buhari, Daura says he does not impose his decision on the president.
According to him, “You don’t do that to the government”.
“My father was their mother’s firstborn. Buhari is the last born,” Daura was quoted to have said.
“Yes, I do visit him to greet him. I do give him advice, but if he asked…I advise him. But I don’t go there on my own and insist I must do this or that. No. You don’t do that to the government.”
Speaking on zoning of government positions, Daura said it is better for competence to prevail.
“This turn by turn, it was done once, it was done twice, it was done trice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he said.