Aisha opens up on ‘criticising’ Buhari, early marriage — and ‘belonging to the kitchen’
Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has opened up on how she feels about her husband’s administration which she has often criticised.
In her biography launched on Thursday, a copy of which was obtained by TheCable, the first lady said she speaks against the current government because of her passion for good governance.
The book, titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being different’, also offered insight into how she was married to Buhari as a teenager and her reaction to the president’s comment that she belongs to the kitchen.
“In 1989, the young lady, Aisha Halilu, got married to Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Major General and former military Head of State of Nigeria…Aisha, like any other girl-child married as a teenager, faced the challenges of adapting to womanhood,” the book stated.
“She married the kind of man any woman would want to associate herself with, a highly placed and responsible man….Married at an early age, for her, the future seemed unsure.”
‘WHY I SPEAK AGAINST THIS GOVERNMENT’
Since Buhari came to power in 2015, Aisha has spoken about how dissatisfied she is concerning some things in the current administration on at least three occasions.
Less than two years after her husband was elected president, she threatened not to support his re-election bid if things did not change for the good of Nigerians.
In 2019, months after Buhari won a second term, Aisha claimed that “bad people” have taken over the country under her husband’s watch.
The biography, written by Daji Sani, a presidential aide, noted that although she has “pointed accusing fingers” at those “sabotaging” Buhari’s intention, her actions were not meant to disrespect or publicly criticise him.
“A woman of Aisha’s status — a wife of about three decades, a mother and grandmother — does not stand to ‘criticise her husband publicly,” the book stated.
“When asked about the reason for her outburst, she clarified that she did not mean to disrespect anybody but was only expressing the truth expected of her. She added that she held such views because those around her husband were frustrating the mandate given to him.”
The book further described the first lady as “frank and straightforward”, adding that for her, “telling the truth as she sees it is important.”
“From her point of view, this is not criticism, but a call for people to do the right thing; that is, to incite positive policy change,” the author said of Aisha’s threat to withhold support for the president.
“By speaking the truth, she hopes to touch the sensibilities of those in charge and inspire them to corrective action.”
ON ‘BELONGING TO THE OTHER ROOM’
After Aisha threatened not to campaign for Buhari in 2019, the president dropped a bomb in a BBC interview when he said that the wife “belongs to my kitchen … and the other room (in an apparent reference to the bedroom)”.
The statement had generated a lot of controversy at the time, with many claiming the number one citizen did not speak well of his wife.
But Aisha “never contested the statement or queried her husband”, the biography noted.
“This is vintage Aisha Buhari. Married for decades, she understands her husband’s mindset and sense of humour, a side of him that the public may not see or appreciate,” it added.
“However, that ‘controversy’ did not in any way discourage her from regularly and consistently intervening on national issues, particularly concerning party politics and governance.”
Source: The Cable
Dozens burned alive in bus crash
About 40 passengers were burned alive when a bus overturned and caught fire in western Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, an official said.
The accident occurred near the village of Kiwawa, a six-hour drive east of the capital Kinshasa, Kwilu province governor Willy Itshundala said.
“Almost nothing can be recovered,” Itshundala told Reuters by telephone. “Out of 31 survivors, nine are seriously injured.”
Videos shared on social media showed the vehicle on its side, its undercarriage burning and fruit spilled across the road. Reuters was not able to verify the footage.
Prince Philip’s Death, The End Of An Era – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday extended his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II over the death of her husband, Prince Philip.
He sympathised with the Queen in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
“The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era,” the President said in his tribute to the longest-serving Queen’s consort.
He added, “Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come.
“Prince Philip was a great man in his own right who made enormous contributions to philanthropic activities and charities, especially for wildlife conservation and youth development programmes in more than 130 countries.”
President Buhari described the late Duke of Edinburgh as a remarkable husband who had been happily married to the Queen since 1947, saying such union was an impressive record for any marriage at any level.
He also commiserated with the government of the United Kingdom and members of the Commonwealth for the death of Prince Philip, whom he said was a royal and global icon.
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President’s tribute comes hours after Buckingham Palace announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99.
He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history after getting married to Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.
In a tweet via its official handle on Friday afternoon, the Palace said, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Fears over the health of the Duke of Edinburgh, as he was formally known, had been heightened after he was recently hospitalised for a month.
He was first admitted on February 16 on the advice of his doctor after he complained of feeling unwell.
After what was described as a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition and treatment for an unspecified infection, Prince Philip left the hospital on March 16.
He was due to turn 100 in June.
Iheanacho wins Leicester City Goal of The Month
Super Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho has another individual accolade for his impressive performances last month, as he won Leicester City Goal of The Month.
The Nigeria international, 24, was announced as the winner of the Leicester City Goal of the Month award for March.
Kelechi scored a beautiful volley against Burnley after a pass by his compatriot and teammate Wilfred Ndidi to help the Foxes share the points in the clash which ended in a draw.
The goal saw off competition from Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, U23 star Kasey McAteer and Leicester City Women’s stars Shannon O’Brien, Esmee De Graaf and Sam Tierney to clinch the prize.
The striker, who was called on after injuries to Harvey Barnes and James Maddison scored five goals including a hattrick against Sheffield United last month.
He won the Premier League player of the month in March and was also named in the Premier League team of the month alongside his teammate Wilfred Ndidi.
That same month, he was also rewarded with a new three years contract at Leicester City till 2024.
Source: Lailas News
Breaking: WAEC sets new date for conduct of WASSCE
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has announced the date for the conduct of 2021West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE which is set to hold between August 16 to September 30.
This was contained in a statement by the Ag. Head, Public Affairs, WAEC, Nigeria, Demianus G. Ojijeogu, on behalf of the body. According to Ojijeogu, the Head of Nigeria National Office, WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan, was misquoted when he said that WASSCE was postponed during a press briefing on Tuesday to announce the results of 2021- first series WASSCE for private candidates. Part of the statement read: “The attention of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria has been drawn to publications in some national dailies and online media, to the effect that WAEC has postponed the May/June 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This information was allegedly given by the Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan, at a Press Briefing to announce the release of results of WASSCE for Private Candidates, 2021 – First Series on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Two prison officials and five inmates injured in Bauchi prison riot
Five prison inmates and two officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) in Bauchi State have been injured in a prison riot.
Spokesman of the NCS in the state, Abubakar Adamu told Channels Television that the State Police Command however sent a reinforcement to prevent a jailbreak in Bauchi metropolis, the state capital.
Adamu who debunked claims of sporadic gunshots being witnessed at the scene, said the inmates instigated the violence as a means of escape following Monday’s jailbreak in Imo State.
“There was a riot, not sporadic gunshot traced by inmates. It was the inmates that instigated the riots, maybe wanting to break the prison and get out.
“It was as a result of what happened in Imo State where some gunmen broke the prison and got away with some inmates from there. We have some conspires from the south and they are serving their sentences here.
“Hearing what happened down south, they wanted to experience the same thing here in Bauchi. We thank God the issue has been quenched.”
IPOB alleges secret killing of Biafrans in Akwa Ibom, Benue
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the military and security operatives of allegedly killing innocent Biafrans in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom and some parts of Benue states.
It said the army had claimed their victims were the phenomenal unknown gunmen behind the spate of attacks against security formations in the region.
In a statement from the Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said the action had exposed the military’s hypocrisy and their backers within the Foreign and Commonwealth office in London.
The statement partly reads: “We, the Indigenous People of Biafra of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to bring to the attention of the world how Nigeria government and her security operatives are massacring innocent Biafrans in Essien Udim Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State.
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“The Nigeria military has been using their aircraft leased from Pakistan and with the support of United Kingdom mission to Nigeria, to bomb the people of Essien in Akwa Ibom as well as lower Benue, claiming they are fighting Unknown Gunmen purportedly hiding in the area.
“In February, it was Orlu in Imo State where civilians were massacred using the same aircrafts supplied by western allies to aid the fight against Boko Haram and other forms of Fulani terrorism.
“Now it’s Essien Udim in Akwa Ibom. But an Islamic cleric has been dinning and wining with terrorists, taking pictures with them, yet the double-faced military cannot use the same aircraft to trace and bomb the location of these Fulani murderers.”
Source: The Nation