Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa service monitored in Kaduna on Tuesday, Mamman Daura said he doesn’t dictate to Buhari.
On his relationship with President Buhari, he said the president is his uncle.
“My father was their mother’s firstborn. Buhari is the last born,” he said.
When reminded that people had said he and Buhari grew up together and had always been together, he said “yes…..it’s true.”
On whether he had been meeting Buhari and advising him on issues, he answered: “Yes, I do visit him to greet him. I do give him advice, but if he asked…I advise him. But I don’t go there on my own and insist I must do this or that. No. You don’t do that to the government.”
Speaking further, Mamman Daura played down the need for a power shift from North to South.
He called on Nigerians to unite and elect the most competent leader to take over from Buhari in 2023.
“This turn by turn, it was done once, it was done twice, it was done trice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he said.