So the Aisha Buhari BBC interview is the talk of the town at this moment.I find a few things interesting here.Aisha has obviously shown she is a brave woman by publicly airing these views on the BBC Hausa service.But should she be undermining her husband publicly?Because effectively that is what it sounds like if she is saying she won't campaign for her husband and rally the women round to vote like she did at the last election if things don't change.
The second thing the BBC interview highlights is the way the president perceives women.The president when confronted with what his wife said during the interview remarked,he does not know which party his wife belongs to,but he knows she belongs in her kitchen and the other room!
Haba Mr President! Now this could very much have been a joke from the president,it might have
been his way of trying to underplay and defuse the seriousness of the allegations and utterances of his wife Aisha during the BBC Hausa interview.But by saying this especially at a conference where the rest of the world were converged,he was effectively saying women were only good for the kitchen and her husband's bedroom.Ironically,the German chancellor Angela Merkel who is a woman was right next to him when he said this.She laughed,but i am sure she was not laughing inside,
But going back to Aisha Buhari's interview,if she had all these things she was unhappy about,why didn't she call him privately and voice this grievances?Imagine the ammunition she has given the opposition by publicly saying her husband was not in control of his government?
And to make it worse she is saying she will not support his campaign in the next election if this continues.
Here are some of the highlighted quotes from the interview-
Now if your wife does not have faith in your leadership,how can you expect the nation to ?
This could be very damaging to the APC and Buhari himself.Never in the history of Nigeria has a 1st lady criticized her husband's leadership in strong words.
And what will this do to the Buhari's marriage?Surely the 1st lady would not be heading to that other room when her husband arrives from his German trip would she?There are meant to be fire works.
But on the whole ,what this BBC Hausa interview shows is that Aisha is ready to be a leader on her own.What are the odds that this woman with strong views and opinions who is bold enough to criticize even her own husband in public will not become Nigeria's first female president?