Col Tony Nyiam, one of the few surviving men, who staged a coup against the regime of former Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd) has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had publicly opened up that he is from the Niger Republic.
Nyiam said this in an old interview with Arise TV, in which snippet was shared by a former presidential aide, Reno Omokri.
He also revealed that the President had declared that most of his family members are Nigeriens even though “he owes allegiance to Nigeria.”
“In one of the briefings, when he was briefing us, he openly told us that most of his family are from Niger and that he is a Nigerian officer and that he owes allegiance to Nigeria. 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? 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.
Subsequently, reports emerged that Buhari was a citizen of the Niger Republic.