Wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Buhari Monday lamented that two powerful personalities have constituted themselves as clogs in the wheels of speedy development of the administration.
Mrs. who spoke at a conference organized by Project 4+4 in Abuja, however did not mention the names of the powerful persons. The event was also attended by the wife of the Vice President Dolapo Osinbajo.
The First Lady explained that the government has achieved a lot but could have achieved more or even achieved all it has in one year but for two people in government who will never allow things to move fast.
The President wife said that she was disappointed in men who rather than fight these two men will go to them in the night begging for favour. Mrs. Buhari urged Nigerian women to rise up and fight.
According to her, ” I have realized that Sen Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser political to the President, and Dr. Hajo Sani, my aide Sajo and wife of the Vice-President Mrs Osinbajo are not comfortable with my saying this and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech but we must say the truth, she said with emotions.
The President’s wife insisted that the powerful duo are retrogressive elements preventing the government from moving forward.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Buhari has appealed to Nigerian women to ensure the return of the All Progressives Congress, APC administration led by her husband in 2019.
She observed that during the last election, women participated fully in the voting process and ensured that APC was elected, that is why the government of President Buhari came up with Social Investment Programmes targeted at them and their children in order to get them engage and reduce the level of poverty among them.
She called on the women to spread the good news of the accomplishments of this administration.
According to her, women have been at the receiving end of the struggles of men, especially soldiers who have been fighting insurgency and called on government to ensure speedy release of their entitlements so that their families do not suffer.
Mrs Buhari called for a minute silence over all soldiers that lost their lives in the process.
She commended the political group for organizing the Summit and setting the tone for other Buhari support groups as 2019 election campaign period opens.
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, also speaking at the event, commended women for providing a permanent support base for the APC and that they remain ambassadors of the party wherever they find themselves.
She called on them to continue to support the party, saying continuation of the party in 2019 means a better Nigeria for them and their children.
Earlier, National Coordinator of Project 4+4, Comrade Garba Musa Bello, said the purpose of the Summit was to bring together women from 774 local government areas and chart for them a strategy for the campaign period.
He said it is not in doubt that women control the voting power and as such they must be reckoned with.
Bello pointed out that the successes of government are too glaring to ignore, and women, who are witnesses and beneficiaries to these achievements must pronounce them to the world.
He commended wife of the President and the role she plays in Nigeria’s political space, saying women have confidence in her protection and support.
APC National Women Leader, Salamatu Baiwa, said APC women have secured the concurrence of the party on the issue of a more gender-balanced administration come 2019.
As campaign commences, she called for a mature campaign from members of the party, a campaign of issues and not that of insults. As a ruling party, she said, they must show example to other parties.
Goodwill messages and presentations were delivered by an array of women leaders and academics.