Garba Shehu, the Senior special assistant to the President on the Media and Publicity, has described as a joke President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that his wife, Aisha, belongs to the kitchen.
“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense humour anymore? Mr. President laughed before that statement was made. He was obviously throwing banter,” Shehu tweeted in reaction to the negative comments that greeted the Buhari’s comment.
“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 Buhari was reported to have said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin.
President Buhari, who stood beside Merkel when he made the comment, was reported to have made it amidst a chuckle, a hint that it was a mere sarcastic comment.
Shehu said: “Mr. President respects the place of women in our society. He believes in the abilities of women.
“Politics sometimes should be spiced with humour. Those of us around him know there is never a dull moment with him.
“One of Nigeria’s most sensitive office today is headed by a woman, Adeosun. This is an evidence of the confidence he reposes on women.”