Wife of the President, Aisha, on Monday, gave an indication that God had answered Nigerians’ prayers for the quick recovery of her ailing husband, Muhammadu Buhari.
She also hinted that “the hyenas” and “the jackals” would soon be ejected from the kingdom.
Mrs. Buhari, who is currently in the British capital with her husband, gave the indication on her Facebook page while responding to an earlier post made by the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani.
Sani had earlier posted a message in which he was making a veiled reference to the alleged power play in the government circle in Buhari’s absence.
The federal lawmaker had claimed that while “weaker animals” were praying for the return of “Lion King,” those he called “the hyenas” and “the jackals” were scheming based on the assumption that the “Lion King” would never return.
The senator wrote, “Prayer for the absent Lion King has waned. Until he’s back, then they will fall over each other to be on the front row of the palace temple.
“Now, the hyenas and the jackals are scheming and talking to each other in whispers; still doubting whether the Lion King will be back or not.
“Now, the Lion King is asleep and no other dares to confirm if he will wake up or not.
“It is the wish of the hyenas that the Lion King never wake up or come back so that they can be kings.
“It is the prayers of the weaker animals that the Lion King comes back to save the kingdom from the hyenas, the wolves and other predators.”
But Buhari’s wife said the prayers of the “weaker animals” had been answered while “the hyenas” and “the jackals” would soon be evicted from “the kingdom.”
She wrote, “God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals. The hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom. We strongly believe in the prayers and support of the weaker animals. Long live the weaker animals, long live Nigeria.”
In another Facebook post on Monday night, Sani, in a veiled reference to Aisha Buhari, commended the “Lioness” for her courage, strength, tenacity and resilience.
He also referred to a tiger that was acting for the lion, in a veiled reference to Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who is the Acting President.
He, however, noted that the lion would always remain the lion and king of the kingdom.
Speaking to The PUNCH on the telephone on Monday, the Kaduna Central senator explained the metaphors.
He said, “The Lion is Buhari and the cabals are those I categorised as hyenas, wolves and jackals. She (Aisha) is the lioness. When I said ‘temple of kingdom’, I meant the Aso Rock mosque, where the jackals and the wolves usually stay at the front row. Osinbajo is the tiger, who is standing in for the President in his absence.
“In my second post, I said ‘the crocodiles are giving a quit notice to the fishes to leave the river.’ The crocodiles are the Arewa youths and the fishes are the Igbo in the North.
“When I said ‘the pythons were monopolising the forest’, I was making reference to the Biafra agitators, who are threatening secession. And those who are angling for restructuring are the ones I categorised as cheetahs, leopards, cougars, pumas and jaguars.”
The senator also agreed with the President’s wife in a post, insinuating that some persons in the Presidency or close to it would be sacked after Buhari’s return.
He stated, “I am telling you that what she is implying is that the President, when he is back, is most likely to throw away some people out of his government. For her to say that when the lion is back, he is going to throw away the wolves and hyenas, it means that there is a likelihood of these cabals being thrown out of the government. She is giving a hint, using my categorisations.”
When asked what he meant by the hyenas and the jackals “scheming and talking to each other in whispers” in Buhari’s absence, Sani responded, “I was talking about the political, underground machinations going on against the President.”
He added, “I made the reference that the lion is sleeping and they don’t know whether he is sleeping or he has passed out. It is about the intrigues of the power play that is going on among the political elite.”