Will Alhassan Stick To Her Word To Resign As Minister If Buhari Seeks Second Term?
The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, should be packing her bags ready to quit her position if her September 2017 statements are anything to go by.
Alhassan, who is popularly known as Mama Taraba, had sworn to Allah to resign should President Muhammadu Buhari seeks a second term in office.
Alhassan, in an interview with BBC Hausa, added that even if Presiden Buhari decides to contest in 2019, she would still support her godfather, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is believed to be interested in seeking the presidency in 2019.
Alhassan said, “Atiku has been my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019.
“Let me tell you today that if Baba says he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a Minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather… if Atiku says he is going to contest.”
She went further: “If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed; that is why.”
Since her controversial statement, Alhassan has not publicly recanted.
The President had on Monday declared his intention to seek reelection in 2019.
The President said he was responding to the clamour by Nigerians to re-contest in 2019.
It remains to be seen if the minister will toe the path of honour and resign as vowed.