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Buhari accepts gender equality, but insists wife stays out of politics


Buhari and Aisha

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari with his wife Aisha, before taking oath of office in Abuja, on May 29, 2015.

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his wife, Aisha, should stay out of politics though he is accepting of gender equality.

“I am sure you have a house. … You know where your kitchen is, you know where your living room is, and I believe your wife looks after all of that, even if she is working,” said Buhari in an interview with Deutsche Welle’s Phil Gayle, doubling down on his earlier comment about his wife.

Deutsche Welle published the interview on its website on Saturday.

Mrs Buhari claimed an interview with BBC Hausa’s Naziru Mikailu that she may not back her husband if he seeks reelection in 2019 because she felt the government has been hijacked from him.

Buhari laughed off his wife’s comment while talking to reporters in Germany where met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday.

“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” he said.

But Buhari said he was not aversed to gender equality in spite of the controversies his comments have generated. Responding to the question on if he considered gender equality as a good thing, Buhari answered in affirmative.

“It is a good thing to the extent that it is accepted culturally throughout the country,” he said.

He said his government would be favourably disposed to signing the Gender Equality Bill if it is eventually passed into by the National Assembly.

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  • St-Kenny Mudiaga

    I’m beginning to wonder if all these “respected” newspapers still deserve respect o! What sort of English are you writing up? Is there no proofreading of articles?
    “he was not aversed”
    “where met with the German Chancellor”.

    I beg o. Make una softly dey disgrace Nigeria o

  • Babrutus

    Ride on Sir!

  • Iskacountryman

    use and dump…i have a feeling buhari is about to marry another wife…lucky man…

    • Babagordy

      Buhari has one man one wife policy since he came into limelight since 1984.

      • Iskacountryman

        do you live in his harem?

  • vincentumenyiora

    My take here is that President Buhari should consider the observation as Shakespeare puts it: There is a lot of good coming from things evil if men can decipher the contents well – I have just paraphrased it so that you can understand the metaphor!

  • Deji Fadina

    Mr. President, not all Nigerians come from your tribe or your culture, so be ALENTcareful about dictating to your spouse what she can or cannot do in public.
    I can understand spouses making accommodation to help each other but such is freely done not product of a DIKTAT.
    I am speaking for myself.

    • Ugoh

      Even prostitution?


        I think that comment is very nasty ! Most you be so negative in your views?

      • Deji Fadina

        Why not, that was your Mama’s choice in life, no?
        Though she did not make a great job of it, considering your manners,
        She still had the time to bring you up, right?