The office of the first lady is more of a ceremonial one that has no constitutional role assigned to it. But some wives of presidents had reinvented the position and made it an important part of the government.
Like her predecessors, the current First lady is making herself known and isn’t going anywhere.
Her first major appearance was during the campaign at Ogun State presidential campaign rally of the APC. We believe President Buhari was reluctant to let his wife join the campaign.
Due to the reports and charges of impunity and injustice in the party, The First Lady became one of the major critics of her husbands administration. Alleging that the Administration is being run by a two man cabal making things difficult for the president, she also alleges that The President doesn’t know 45 out of the 50 people he appointed.
In an interview with BBC in 2016 she threatened to withdraw support for her husband in the 2019 election in a interview.
The President has denied all these claims and in a reaction to her comments, Buhari said “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
Reminded in the interview that his wife and others had consistently claimed the existence of a cabal running his government, Buhari had simply said: “That is her business. This shows I am a democrat. What they are saying is different from what is happening. They should come out and say those things they fell were staged-managed by the cabal, what cabal forced me to do. They should mention just one thing.”
Aisha once said “I was brought up to stand by the truth and this is how I have always been”
Her position and proximity to the Office of the President and government lends credence to her claims and accusations many believe, but recently she has been seen canvassing for the same party she claimed she withdrew her support from, her recent actions alone have prompted Nigerians to question whether the first lady had been insincere in her claims about a cabal being in control of her husband’s administration and find out what’s really happening behind the scenes.
Having confused a lot of Nigerians. Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, queried the first lady, and urged her to tell Nigerians what had happened to the cabal that she alleged had hijacked her husband and prevented him from performing in office.
Fayose, said Aisha was insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians by asking them to re-elect the same man she asked them to help her rescue from a cabal. In a statement issued by his media aide, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said Nigerians would take Aisha’s campaign for the re-election of her husband seriously only if she could explain what had happened to the cabal that she said caused Buhari’s administration’s failure.
In December last year, she reinforced this position by claiming that a cabal controlling her husband’s government made it to fail. Is the first lady going to be campaigning to Nigerians to subject themselves to another four years of the country under the same cabal that she had accused of running her husband’s government aground?