The wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned him that he may not be backed by her at the following election unless his authorities is shaken up by him.
In a interview, Aisha Buhari said the president “will not understand” most of the top officials he’s made.
She indicated the government had been hijacked, saying a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.
Mr Buhari was elected with a guarantee to handle nepotism and corruption in government.
Many people will be shocked by his wife’s choice to go public with her concerns, but it shows the degree of discontent with the president’s leadership, says the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.
The president famously remarked at his inauguration that he “belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody”.
In the interview with Naziru Mikailu, Mrs Buhari said: “The president doesn’t know 45 out of 50, for instance, of the folks he appointed and I do not know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”
She said people who failed to share the vision of the opinion All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts mainly because of the influence a “few people” wield.
“Some folks are sitting down in their houses folding their arms just for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”
Asked to name those who had hijacked the government, she refused, saying: “You will know them if you watch television.”
“That is left for the people to determine.”
Mrs Buhari said her husband had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.
“He is yet to tell me but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I ‘ll not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I’ll never do it again.”
Asked what she regarded as the important achievement of the government, she said it was to improve security in the north east where militant Islamist group Boko Haram has waged an insurgency since 2009.
“No one is complaining about being attacked within their own homes. Thankfully everyone can walk around freely, go to places of worship, etc.