Barely two years after Aisha, the wife of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari publicly announced that she may not back her husband’s re-election in 2019, Aisha Buhari seemed to have eaten her words as she appealed to Nigerian women to ensure the return of President Buhari and the APC administration in next year’s general elections.
In an interview with the BBC Hausa-language service broadcast in 2016, Mrs. Buhari made some scathing remarks about her husband, implying that he was not in charge of his government.
The president who fired back, laughing off the comments, 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,” he said.
But with less than three months to the presidential election in February next year, Mrs Buhari has appealed to Nigerian women to support her husband again.
She made the appeal at a National Women Leadership Summit organized by a political group, Project 4+4 for Buhari & Osinbajo 2019, at the National Women Development Center, Abuja on Tuesday.
The First Lady observed that during the last election, women participated fully in the voting process and ensured that APC was elected, that is why the government of President Muhammadu Buhari came up with social investment programmes targeted at them and their children in order to engage them and reduce the level of poverty among them.
She called on them to spread the good news of the accomplishments of the Buhari administration.
She said women have been at the receiving end of the struggles of men, especially soldiers who have been fighting insurgency and called on government to ensure speedy release of their entitlements so that their families do not suffer.
She also called for a one-minute silence in honour of all the soldiers that lost their lives in the process.
She commended the political group for organizing the Summit and setting the tone for other Buhari support groups as 2019 election campaign period opens.
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, speaking at the event, commended women for providing a permanent support base for the APC and said they remain ambassadors of the party wherever they find themselves.
Mrs Osinbajo called on them to continue to support the party, saying continuation of the party in 2019 means a better Nigeria for them and their children.
Earlier, National Coordinator of Project 4+4, Comrade Garba Musa Bello, said the purpose of the Summit was to bring together women from 774 local government areas and chart for them a strategy for the campaign period.
He said it is not in doubt that women control the voting power and as such they must be reckoned with.
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