Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, taunted the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Pantami, over what she saw as shedding crocodile tears.
Aisha challenged him to summon the courage to do the “right things” he has been preaching as an Islamic cleric.
She in a veiled attack aimed at Pantami on her Instagram page, said he has failed to live up to expectations as an Islamic scholar and needs to have the fear of God in what he does.
The First Lady who also shared an old video of Pantami on her verified Instagram page, showing the Minister shedding tears during one of his sermons at a mosque, posted a cryptic message in Hausa which reads:
“A chire tsoro a yi abinda ya dace,” which translates to “Be courageous and do the right thing,” in English language.
The Instagram post was shared three weeks after Pantami joined Yusuf, her son, with Zahra Bayero, at Bichi Central mosque in Kano. The comment section of the post was also locked.
In the short video, Pantami is seen suddenly bursting into tears when he asked his reciter to read a verse on the fear of Allah.
It is unclear why the president’s wife posted the video, but feelers from the Presidency believe she is no longer comfortable with Pantami’s recent closeness to the President where he seems to be the one arranging most of Buhari’s day to day itineraries.
In recent times, Pantami had taken up the position of a spokesman for Buhari, even coming out to tell Nigerians about the President’s feelings like he did when 25 commuters were killed in Plateau State in August.
Pantami had told Nigerians that Buhari was so devastated that he could not eat for the whole day.
That statement is one of the issues said to have angered the First Lady and she seems to have hit at him to whittle down his growing influence in Aso Rock.