Nigeria’s former dictator and current democratically elected President Buhari has escalated the public war of words with his wife, angrily telling her to shut up and get out of his business and stay where he belongs, “to my kitchen and the other room.” Buhari was reacting to an interview that the wife, Aisha, had given to the BBC, in which she voiced disappointment at the husband’s current performance in the job, and alluded to the fact that she might not campaign or vote for him come 2019 if the bad situation in the country continued.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but my wife belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” Buhari had said.
“It is not easy to do away with opposition or people who did not follow you along your campaign trail. I hope my wife will remember that I was on the field for 12 years; I tried three times, the fourth time I managed to succeed. And I ended up the first three times in the Nigerian Supreme Court, so I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition and I succeeded.
“It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition party or to participate in the government.”
After President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, tried to imply that the President was only joking, Buhari reiterated his stance in an interview
with DW News’ Phil Gayle, that the function of his wife was to take care of his home:
DW: Recently your wife criticised your choices for top jobs, and you responded by saying “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room.” What did you mean by that, sir?
Buhari: 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.
DW: That is your wife’s function?
Buhari: Yes, to look after me.
DW: And she should stay out of politics?
Buhari: I think so.