President Muhammadu Buhari has laughed off his wife Aisha’s comment that she may not support him if he runs for election come 2019.
President Muhammadu Buhari, laughing off the comment, said, his wife the first lady, belongs to his kitchen and that he knows not which party she belongs to.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
His comments to reporters in Germany promted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, standing at his side, to give him a short glare and then laughed.
Recall that in an interview with BBC Hausa-language service broadcast Friday, Aisha Buhari had said that her husband did not know many top government appointees in his cabinet. She also accused them of not sharing the vision of her husband’s party, the All Progressives Congress party. Although she did not mention any names, she however asked people to watch out for them on the television programmes.
Buhari, who was a military dictator in the 1980s, was elected in his fourth run at the presidency in 2015 on the back of a coalition that includes former foes and opportunists who abandoned the former governing party of defeated President Goodluck Jonathan.
Buhari has not said whether he will run again in 2019.
“He is yet to tell me, 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,” Aisha Buhari said.
In his comments to reporters, Buhari also said he hopes his wife will remember that he ran for presidency three times before succeeding on the fourth effort. “So I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded. It’s not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government.”
Buhari had campaigned on promises to crack down on corruption and turn the tide against the Boko Haram insurgency. His government yesterday announced the first negotiated release of 21 of 218 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
However, Nigeria’s northeast faces a famine that threatens to kill tens of thousands of children after Boko Haram disrupted the region’s transportation and farming. Some areas remain dangerous and inaccessible.
Nigeria has also fallen into recession amid slumped oil prices and lost its position as Africa’s biggest petroleum producer as militants attacked pipelines in the south