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Leave Amina Zakari alone, relations tell Nigerians

Family members of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s National Commissioner, Mrs. Amina Zakari, who was last week appointed as head of the ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre have appealed to Nigerians to leave her alone and allow her concentrate.

They described as blatant lies the allegation that Zakari has a blood tie with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The family’s position was contained in a statement signed by Isah Zakari and made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday.

“Enough is enough. Leave our mother, daughter and sister alone to serve the nation as she has done so diligently over her life and career,” the statement read.

Describing the outrage that trailed Zakari’s recent appointment as a campaign of calumny orchestrated to pull her down, the family members described the INEC National Commissioner as a patriotic Nigerian, who has served the country faithfully and honestly for years without blemish.

They said they were therefore pained by reports that portrayed her as working to sabotage INEC’s determination to advance the democratic journey by creating a conducive atmosphere for citizens to exercise their voting rights.

While insisting that Zakari is not a blood relation of the President, the family members said Buhari’s sister was once married into Zakari’s family but the Union was short-lived.

The statement read, “Contrary to the widespread belief, Amina Zakari is not a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari. Her mother was from Daura (born and bred in Kano) and she was not Buhari’s sister.

“It’s also true that Buhari’s sister was once married into the family. The union was short-lived and did not produce any child. This all happened well before Mrs. Zakari was born.

“Furthermore, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, the veteran Kano politician who first made the claim that she was born by Buhari’s sister has since recanted. Those who have held on to the claim are therefore either unaware of his recantation or they are simply incapable of letting go their prejudices in the face of facts to the contrary.”

– Punch


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.