In recent times, the First-lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari, has been in the news for a number of reasons, foremost of which is her criticisms of some of the policies of her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari.
The First-lady had as at last week, criticised the social investment programmes of the administration of the President, stating that proof was non-existent on the fact that funds which were allocated to that effect were used in in a judicious manner.
The First-lady said, “I am sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made.”
Mrs Aisha Buhari had also said that she had made a discovery that the implementation of some of the very important aspects of the programme was not carried out in a proper way in the two northern states of Adamawa and Kano.
According to Mrs Aisha Buhari, “So, I don’t know where the social investment was successful, maybe it worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefitted out of the 22.
“I did not ask what happened and I do not want to know but for it to fail woefully in Kano, it is not a good sign and it is not a good thing.”
These statements from the First-lady generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians, with many commending her for not shying away from obvious truths and taking a courageous stand against the administration of her own husband.
It didn’t stop there as she again just a few days ago, lamented about the rate of insecurity across the country, calling on the security agencies to step up in their duties and put a quick end to banditry and other situations making the country highly insecure as things stand.
“The security agents should either assist to take action or allow the situation continues until bandits finish killing our people,” the First-lady is further quoted to have said.
This call by the First-lady did not go unnoticed as it caught the attention of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who had commented on the issue saying that the wife of the President had made a good move by raising these concerns.
The Former President had, however, added that she should do more as he urged her to engage the President in “pillow talk” as his wife so that she could give him the correct information of how things truly are in the country while giving her resounding commendations for bold actions.
Obasanjo further stressed on the need for the First-lady to adopt the bedroom approach as he said, “We have to put all things on the table to address these problems. Mind you, we have to be sincere and genuine with ourselves. It is nice that the President’s wife is talking; I think she did well, and maybe she should also have pillow talk with the President.
“I believe every Nigerian family, individual, group is entitled to livelihood. It is the responsibility of all to make sure we have a dignified life. That should be our aim collectively.”
This shows that the former president holds the First-lady in high esteem as he will not shower her with such commendations if that was not the case. Obasanjo is widely known for not being a praise singer but as one who speaks hard truths to the faces of powers that be. His open letters to former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and President Muhammadu Buhari, condemning them for some of their actions as President is not a secret to anyone.
Interestingly, the Former President is not alone in his admiration of the First Lady for her bold moves as a number of bodies have spoken up on her approach to State matters as well.
The Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere, have also given their reactions to the recent proclamations of the First-lady, as the group has hailed her.
Afenifere had looked at it from another angle though, saying that in spite of the fact that the President had some time during his first tenure alluded to the fact that her place as his wife was restricted to the kitchen and the bedroom, that the First-lady had still expressed her dissatisfaction and frustrations on the worrisome state of the nation.
Yinka Odumakin, the Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, while expressing the views of the Pan-Yoruba group said, “One of the times Aisha spoke, the President said that her place was in the other room, and not in the political arena. So, I think, like every Nigerian, she goes to social media to vent her frustrations and give her views.”
In like manner, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, who have been critical on some of the moves of the President Buhari administration, have through Chuks Ibegbu, its Deputy Publicity Secretary, described as a patriot and kind-hearted woman, Aisha Buhari, the First-lady of Nigeria, for her stance in addressing the ills of the state of the nation as it now stands.
All these and more shows that the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, is in the good books of many Nigerians and may just be the best and most loved First-lady that the country has ever produced.
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