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Buhari: My wife belongs to my kitchen


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to the BBC interview with his wife, Aisha, where she questioned his leadership.


Mr Buhari is on a state visit to Germany and reacted to the interview during a joint press briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


The AP news agency says he laughed it off and said:


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

Mr Buhari also said that he has much more political experience, AP reports.


“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.”

Who is the woman behind the criticism of President Buhari?

The BBC interview with Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari has been garnering a lot of attention.

Not least because she warned her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, that she may not back him at the next election unless he shakes up his government.


Aisha Buhari casting her vote

But who exactly is Mrs Buhari? We have this brief handy guide:

  • Born on 17 February 1971 in north-eastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state, Aisha Buhari is the granddaughter of the nation’s first Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu.
  • She married Muhammadu Buhari in 1989. They have five children together, a boy and four girls.
  • In 1995 she opened the Hanzy Spa, northern Nigeria’s first beauty parlour, in Kaduna State, after obtaining a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute in the UK.
  • She published the book “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists” in 2014.
  • She is an advocate of human rights and has donated money to help the families of victims of Boko Haram after more than 250 girls were kidnapped by the militant group in 2014.
  • She caused upset in Nigeria last year after appearing in public wearing an expensive-looking watch, which led some to ask whether she was undermining Mr Buhari’s “man of the people” image.
  • Mrs Buhari was also criticised on social media for attempting to shake hands with the Alaafin of Oyo, a leading chief of the Yoruba people.


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