“Amina Zakari Is Lying About Her Relationship With Buhari” – Farooq Kperogi

Amina Zakari is Lying About her Relationship with Buhari

By Farooq Kperogi

Mrs.
Amina Zakari just said to the BBC, “I’m not [Buhari’s] niece.” That’s
flat-out mendacious. And it puts a huge question mark on her honesty,
probity, and trustworthiness. A person who can lie this casually about
something as basic and as verifiable as her relationships is
disreputable and unworthy of the responsibility she’s been entrusted
with at INEC. So what is the truth?

In a December 27, 2018
article, Mohammed Haruna, former Daily Trust columnist and current INEC
commissioner, confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s biological
sister was once married to Mrs. Amina Zakari’s father. That makes Amina
Buhari’s niece. This is the definition of a niece in the Oxford English
Dictionary: “A daughter of one’s brother or sister, or of one’s
brother-in-law or sister-in-law.” Amina’s father was Buhari’s
brother-in-law. So Amina IS INDEED Buhari’s niece.

But that’s not
all. At some point in his youth, Buhari, who lost his father at a young
age, came under the guardianship of Amina’s father, the late Alhaji
Hussaini Adamu, who was emir of Kazaure, Daura’s “next-door neighbor.” I
had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs.
Amina Zakari’s brother,
Alhaji Najib Hussaini Adamu, in early 1999 shortly after he became emir,
when I was a reporter for the Weekly Trust. I stayed at the palace for
days. So I have some familiarity with the family.

Buhari has
never severed his relationship with Amina’s father’s family even after
Buhari’s sister’s death. When he was chairman of PTF, he got Amina a
consultancy contract with Afri-Projects Consortium (APC), “the sole
manager of the PTF projects.” In Ray Ekpu’s widely shared June 2018
article titled “Petroleum Trust Fraud,” we learn that the late Salihijo
Ahmad, the Adamawa-born boss of APC, “admitted to Newswatch in an
interview published by the magazine in its April 19, 1999 issue that it
was APC that wrote the proposal which defined the mandate of the PTF.”

It
has also been established by several people I spoke with today that
Amina Zakari was nominated to INEC commissionership by Buhari. This
fact, as I pointed out in my Saturday Tribune column, isn’t enough to
vitiate her neutrality. After all, Jonathan defeated Buhari in 2011
while she was INEC commissioner. But deceiving the world by concealing
the nature and depth of her relationship with Buhari shows that she’s up
to no good this time around.

Another evidence of Buhari’s
continuing relationship with Amina’s family exists in the fact that Mrs.
Amina Zakari’s biological brother, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu, is Buhari’s
Minister of Water Resources. In both African and Western kinship
dynamics, Buhari and Amina Zakari are related. If Nigeria were a
functioning country, Amina would have recused herself from her current
role at INEC in view of the widespread concerns raised by several
stakeholders about her ties with Buhari. But Nigeria is an anything-goes
banana republic.
Postscript:

Also note that Amina’s brother,
that is, the current emir of Kazaure, whom I interviewed and interacted
with in 1999, was executive secretary of PTF. Buhari gave him the job.
Ambassador Kazaure, Buhari’s Chief of Protocol, is also a relative of
Amina’s. Finally, as most people know by now, Amina’s mother is from
Daura, Buhari’s hometown. So her ties with Buhari are pretty strong.