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Making sense of Aisha Buhari’s double standards.



By Eniola Daniel

All I do as I look forward to the last minute to cast my vote for the next president of Nigeria, is to ‘sharpen’ my Permanent Voter Card (PVC), watch out for the latest comedy, as Nigeria itself has become a sort of home of comedy. Really, the country is just like the typical television series, Fuji House of Commotion.

When words have vanished, when daily habits have extinguished emotional exchange, only killing silence remains and indifference takes over. The words of Aisha Buhari that put her on a level of such people that we should have be on the ballot to become our president in 2019, had disappeared"

As they say, we cannot control the way people interpret our ideas or thoughts, but we can control the words and tones we choose to convey them, and the first lady really chose her words intelligently, speaking the language everyone in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential villa failed to attempt, including pastor Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo Osinbajo.

As the wife of the then presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2014, Mrs. Buhari called out the then president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to resign following a suicide bombing and allege assassination attempt on her husband. Her husband was eventually elected as the president but with high profile assassination in the land, which the last victim was Alex Badeh, former security chief, Mrs. Buhari became still- Oh, such a gentle woman, maybe she was overwhelmed, who knows, whether she no longer read newspapers or only watch Telemundo, I can’t tell.

Mrs. Buhari became a very strong voice against the ‘cabals’ running her husband’s government, she became an agent of good news and a ray of hope to those in anguish, giving the notion that we can come from the same parents and still behave differently.

In 2016, in an unusual outburst, Mrs. Buhari alleged that a cabal of just two or three persons has caged her husband and driving people who should help his government away from him. She said in an interview with the BBC-Hausa that she may not back her husband re-election unless he shakes up his government, this comment birth the famous, the oza room slang, the president said before German Chancellor, Angela Markel that Aisha belongs to the other room.

Again in December 2018, Mrs Buhari at a conference organized by Project 4+4 in Abuja said that two powerful personalities have constituted themselves as a cog in the wheel of speedy development of the country.

But before then, the moral preacher’s Aide-De-Camp, was arrested by the the Department of State Services (DSS) over alleged N2.5 billion fraud. How did the wife of the president got such a whooping N2.5 billion that could be stolen from her was the question no one in her camp was willing to answer.

In same December, President Muhammadu Buhari, appointed his wife, Aisha, as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse, ‘on merit or to appease her’?.

Likewise in January 1, 2019, she was appointed the Chairperson of the All Progressives Congress Women and Youths Presidential Campaign team for the 2019 election, this time, her outburst became a thing of the past.

Just like comrade Adam Oshiomole who stood against workers affliction while he was the NLC president and became a Jagaban accused of owing properties in billions, could it be Mrs. Buhari was just looking for a slot in the presidency as a sign of assurance from her husband, just like one Femi Gbajabiamila allegedly bought a G-Wagon worth N100 million for his wife to celebrate her birthday? I may not be in a good position to provide the answer but public opinion points to that direction.

Mrs. Buhari became a lone voice against rascality and immorality in the presidency to a praise singer in same kingdom her opinion was not count.

This and more, we shall not forget

ENIOLA DANIEL wrote from Lagos


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