Aso Villa: I’m in charge, not my nephew — Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari  has dismissed as false the allegations that his nephew, Mamman Daura, was in charge of the affairs at the Presidency.

Buhari who debunked the allegation on Saturday during an interview with an on-air-presenter, Osasu Igbinedion, on her show, The Osasu Show, said he would not know where the author of claim got its information.

He had accused an online medium which he claimed sprouted the allegation as being mischievous.

Reacting to a question on whether it was true that Daura, following his perceived strong influence over Buhari, was acting as unofficial president, as being alleged in some quarters, Buhari said there was no truth in such insinuation.

He declared that as the duly elected president of the country, he was in charge of the Federal Government.

Hear him: “Sahara Reporters, I don’t know where they got their information from. I stood for the election; I visited every local government in Nigeria by air, by road and so on. And we had one of the most credible elections. So, whoever feels that he has lost (out) somehow is his own problem, I have no problem.”

Buhari further said the Presidential Committee on the North East would ensure that the monies donated for humanitarian aid in the North East to tackle malnutrition among children in Internally Displaced Persons camps would be judiciously used.

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He said the former general in charge of the committee was one ‘reputed for his integrity.’

“His headquarters is situated in the presidency, he’s got some staff and there is legal instrument developed on how this money would be spent. So, whoever has got any money to contribute or food items will go and make a presentation.

“We have a list of infrastructure, especially educational infrastructure, and it is up to them to go and choose what they would do,” the President said.

UNICEF estimates that about a quarter of a million children are malnourished in the North East as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.