President Buhari, at a joint press conference with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Germany on Friday, had responded to his wife’s comments on goings-on in the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
But the Chair, CARRD, Dr. Ismail Ibraheem, in a statement criticising the President, said, “Right in the face of global and Nigerian media, President Buhari said his wife belongs to the ‘kitchen, the living room, and the other room.’
“This was a retort to an interview Mrs. Buhari granted the BBC Hausa Service, in which she chided her husband for allowing strange people into his cabinet and inner circle. She accused these people of hijacking and destabilising his administration, and incurring the wrath of millions of his loyalist-voters on his behalf.”
Ibraheem, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, added that the centre shared the sentiments expressed by Mrs. Buhari.
“While we agree that the President has the inalienable right to respond to whatever comments his wife makes, within and without the ‘kitchen and other rooms,’ we disagree with him over his choice of words, and the global and political environment where he said them.
“CARRD also invites President Buhari to remember that his now ‘kitchen-belonging wife’ was of inestimable political help to him and his party during the 2015 elections, mobilising millions of women’s votes for them, and defending her husband from misogynist and sexist accusations from the now-opposition.
“However, when she made the comments to the BBC about issues millions of Nigerians are secretly and quietly worried about, she was immediately demoted and banished permanently to the ‘kitchen and other rooms!’ How convenient.”
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