Things are getting out of hand in Nigeria – Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari Nigeria First Lady

First Lady Aisha Buhari has raised alarm over the situation of things in the country, calling on the political class to work together to bail the country out of the challenges.

Mrs Buhari spoke on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) General Assembly and National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the National Mosque, Abuja.

The First Lady attacked governors for failing to provide basic social amenities and infrastructure.

“We should either fasten our seatbelts and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate things are going, things are getting completely out of hand. The VP (Yemi Osinbajo) is here, some ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to the situation.

“People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors. Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are listening we should fear God, and we should know that one day, we will return to God and account for our deeds here on earth,” she said.

Aisha added that more needs to be done in curtailing the spread of fake news, citing China as an example of a country with regulation on social media.

“On this issue of social media, you cannot just sit in the comfort of your house and tweet that the vice president has resigned, it is a serious issue. If China can control over 1.3bn people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180m people,” she said.

In declaring the conference open, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called on Nigerians to be their brother’s keepers regardless of religious affiliations.

In his opening remarks, the NSCIA President-General and the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, disagreed with the calls for social media regulation, saying that there are existing laws to deal with such abuse.