A retired soldier, Col. Tony Nyiam, says President Muhammadu Buhari had publicly disclosed that he is from Niger Republic.
Nyiam said this in an interview with Arise TV on January 25, 2021, a snippet of which was shared by Reno Omokri on Sunday.
The retired military officer, now a human rights activist, while speaking on the surge in herdsmen crisis, maintained that Buhari, who he admires, was his boss.
He also revealed that the president had declared that most of his family members are Nigeriens even though “he owes allegiance to Nigeria.”
Nyiam also claimed that “General Muhammadu Buhari was my boss, the General Officer Commanding when I was commanding a unit under him. He went against Shagari to defend Nigerian interest against Chadians.
“In one of the briefings, when he was briefing us he openly told us that his family, most of his family are from Niger and that he is a Nigerian officer and that he owes allegiance to Nigeria and I admired Buhari then, that a man whose family is partially from the Niger Republic and yet is loyal to Nigeria, this was against all the pressure given by other people that Shagari should pull out and allow the Chadians have their way, General Buhari refused,” he said.
“So why is Buhari now so different, I think the answer to that maybe his wife may answer it because the wife has been battling those who have been holding the president hostage. The President is no more General Muhammadu Buhari some of us knew who was a patriot,” he added.
Reached for comments by Peoples Gazette on the president’s citizenship, his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, did not respond to call or message.
Buhari has over time said he is a native of Daura in Katsina state.