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“He is yet to tell me [whether he will run again in 2019], but I have decided as his wife that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.” Nigerian First Lady, Aisha Buhari

“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” President Muhammadu Buhari

The above comments prompted one of the best comment on BaretaNews Forum. Obinna writes:


“..Simple, it’s either Aisha doesn’t know the man she is married to, or she is outrightly showing how hawkish she is as a supposed wife to the President! For the records, this will be the first time in the history of any Presidency in the world, that a wife or husband of a President publicly chides their partner!! Not a good record for her!!

Diagnosing her statement, one sees a woman whose dream was to be where she is now so that she could wield authority at will! It is possible President Buhari knew his wife very well when he made the statement “I am for everybody and for nobody”, at his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015.

Like somebody said earlier, Aisha was good for Jonathan who was stinking corrupt…but I don’t think Patience would have been good for Buhari since she (has been indicted for corruptly enriching herself to the tune of $27m)! Buhari does not tolerate corruption! That is what his wife wants…a corrupt husband. So she is not happy she can’t influence him to appoint those people she has hoped to collect bribes from and influence their appointments!!

As for the President’s ‘kitchen’ comment in Germany, what he actually meant was that his wife has no business in gov’t affairs since the office of the First Lady was abolished when he took office!! Now we know the president acted pre-emptively there!! In order words, Aisha is a stay at home mom! What does stay at home moms and dads do? They take care of the home!! maybe the President’s choice of words was not quite appropriate, yet there was truth in what he said.

What does Aisha really mean by “the President doesn’t know those he appointed”? She wants the President to reshuffle and only appoint those who helped appoint him? Doesn’t that sound stupid in a democracy that doesn’t practice winner takes all? What she is advocating for, will further polarize the country on the party and religious lines! Thank goodness the President has given her that strange bit of himself in response to her strange suggestion! She should have applied a little intelligence to her quip by remembering that those who were appointed were vetted by the DSS (the Directorate of State Security) and also by the National Assembly!! What other knowledge was there for the President to have about his appointees after all these vets?

Aisha wants a continuation of the corrupt status quo…She has shown by her statement, that she is not interested in the country’s progress and knows nothing about governance!! Such a disgrace!!…”

By Obinna Njaka

BaretaNews Commentator

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