The Presidency on Saturday described the statement credited to Mamman Daura, a nephew to President Muhammadu Buhari as his personal view that does not represent the position of the government.

Daura, had told the BBC Hausa service that there was no need to rotate the presidency of the country, suggesting that it should go to only those that are qualified to govern the country.

The statement attracted bitter reactions from many Nigerians especially those from the southern part of the country who said Daura was myopic after the north where he hails from has benefitted immensely from the rotational presidency and it was the turn of the south to produce the next president, at the completion of the tenure of incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency noted that besides the fact that Daura’s thoughts were misrepresented in the English translation of the interview, the octogenarian, was exercising his constitutionally guaranteed rights by speaking on issues of national concern.

He said:”We have received numerous requests for comments on the interview granted by Malam 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 age 80, and having served as editor and managing director of one of this country’s most influential newspapers, the New Nigerian, certainly, Malam 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,” Garba Shehu stated.

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