In Germany, President Muhammad Buhari reiterated his wife, Aisha’s place, belongs in the kitchen and not to dabble in matters of governance.
At a press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the President, reacting to his wife’s interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which blew the lid on a cabal controlling his Presidency, said Aisha belongs to three rooms: his kitchen, living room and the other room.
The President was not done yet.
After the Press conference, which ended abruptly, in an interview with Phil Gayle of Deutsche Welle (DW) – Germany’s public international broadcaster, President Buhari insisted his wife’s job is to look after him.
Asked to clarify his statement that his wife belongs in the kitchen, Buhari replied: “I am sure you have a house.. You know where your kitchen is; you know where your living room is and I believe your wife looks after all of that, even if she is working.”
The interviewer then said: “And so, that is your wife’s function?” To which the President emphatically replied: “Yes; to look after me.”
His comment was at variance with a previous explanation by his media aide, Mallam Garba Shehu, who said Buhari’s earlier comments were said in a lighter mood; a joke.
“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense (of) humour any more? Mr. President laughed before that statement was made,” Mr. Shehu said as the pronouncement drew worldwide condemnation. “He was obviously throwing a banter,” Shehu said.
In a BBC interview last week, Aisha said her husband “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed and warned she may not back him in 2019 unless he shakes up his cabinet.
She suggested the government had been hijacked, by a “few people,” who she accused of being behind presidential appointments.
“I am not a government official, but, in my opinion as a woman, a mother, what I think is it is well known that the first four years are not going to be easy.
“Firstly, it was people that brought the government into power. More than half of those people are not appointed into the government. Some people that are not politicians, not professionals were brought into the government. They don’t even know what we said we want and what we don’t, during the campaign. They even come out and say to people we are not politicians, but they are occupying the offices meant for politicians.”
Aisha said she feared revolt of the 15.4 million people who voted her husband into power.
“Those people should know that people voted singly. Even Buhari too had one vote. Nobody voted five times. 15.429 million people.
“That one that people are thinking too, he had only some two or three people. I am pleading to them to have the people at heart and embrace everybody so that we can all move together. Not even now in 2016 or 2017, lot of people are creating divisions within the APC, which is our source of concern. They think they have worked for the government while those appointed, some of them had no voter’s cards. What I fear is uprising of 15.4 million people.
In his response at a Press conference with Merkel, after a meeting, Buhari said having sought election for 12 years and succeeding at the fourth attempt and fighting to claim his mandate up to the Supreme Court on the three previous attempts, he was more knowledgable and more experienced than her.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but my wife belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”Continuing, he added, “it is not easy to do away with opposition or people who did not follow you along your campaign trail. I hope my wife will remember that I was in the field for 12 years, I tried three times, the fourth time I managed to succeed. And I ended up the first three times in the Nigerian Supreme Court, so, I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition and I succeeded.
“It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parts or to participate in government…”