Comment on wife: Buhari was joking – Presidency insists
Nigerian Presidency has again, defended a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that his wife, Aisha belongs to his kitchen and take care of him.
The President had for the second time cleared the air that he wasn’t joking with the statement after Nigerians launched an attack over what they termed “disregard for women”
In a Statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari has regards for women as he has sent his female children to different universities to acquire degrees.
Presidency stressed that his comment did not reflect his behaviour towards women as he had supported his wife from all indications rather than confining her to the kitchen.
Garba stressed that the President has been misunderstood and urged Nigerians to put the issue to rest.
“An important trip such as this one planned to boost trade and investment, enhance security partnership and pitch the country to eager investors became overshadowed by public outcry over some remarks President Muhammadu Buhari made in Germany, which have sadly been misconstrued by the media and some members of the public.
“I can assure you that President Buhari’s sense of humor is one of his most distinguishing characteristics, despite his stern mien.
“His comments clearly do not reflect his attitude towards women, a number of whom he has appointed into key positions in his administration, neither do they reflect his attitude towards his wife, Hajiya Aisha, as anyone can see from their history together.
“President Buhari has been an invaluable support to his wife, and I know that he has great plans for every Nigerian woman. Five of his daughters have acquired university degrees. One of them just finished law school and another one undertakes a higher degree program.
“I hope that all well-meaning Nigerians will put an end to the unfair insinuations that have been generated by President Buhari’s jocularity. Seeing a well-meaning leader being so misunderstood is painful for me.
“Let us hope that God continues to give him the grace and wisdom he requires to steer Nigeria through this difficult time in our country’s history.
“In the course of this historic visit, he held formal talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a roundtable with the German President Joachim Gauck, a meeting with business leaders and an interactive session with Nigerians resident in Europe. A number of side, but equally important meetings were dotted in-between these.”