Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday said that she had to criticize her husband’s government and threaten to withdraw her support for his re-election in 2019 because of her sense of justice.
The president’s wife in her acceptance letter to Vanguard Newspaper which made her its person of the year noted that she was not being disrespectful to the president or her husband.
Aisha sometime in a BBC interview held in October 2016 noted that if things continue the way it is, she’ll not support her husband in 2019 if he seeks re-election.
“He is yet to tell me —if he’ll seek re-election— 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,” Mrs. Aisha warned in the interview. “I will never do it again,” she noted.
The president’s wife noted that those who worked to ensure the emergence of her husband as president in 2015 were abandoned, adding that individuals who were not even aware of the struggle are being appointed into various positions, adding that Buhari does not know 45 out of 50 people he appointed.
Buhari who was in Germany at that time in his response to his wife’s statement noted that he only knows that his wife belongs to his kitchen, the living room and the other room.
It’s been about 2 years since her complain and Buhari has apparently not responded accordingly and he has officially declared his interest to contest for second term in 2019.
“One of the reasons adduced for honouring me was the interview I granted which some people saw as criticism to a government that I am part of,” she was quoted as saying in the statement circulated by her media aide Suleiman Haruna.
“I need to state that my position was a result of my sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect. I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been.”
“As we are all aware, Nigerians elected this administration based on the trust and confidence they have on my husband.
“I therefore feel that we are here to serve Nigeria to the best of our ability. Let me use this opportunity to state that I support my husband in this call to service and will continue to do so,” she added.