WATCH: My wife belongs to my kitchen, says Nigerian president

2016-10-15 09:00
Aisha Buhari (File: AFP)

Aisha Buhari (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday responded to criticism from his wife about his leadership, saying "she belongs to my kitchen". 

Buhari said this while addressing the press following talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel during a visit to Berlin, Germany. 

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," Buhari said while standing next to Merkel, who seemed to glare at him.

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Bukari’s wife Aisha, told BBC in an interview that she may not back him at the next election if he failed to shack up his government.

Aisha claimed that her husband did not know many top government appointees, and she accused them of not sharing the vision of his All Progressive Party (APC). She, however, did not name names. 

But Buhari hit back, saying that having run for president three times and having succeeded at the fourth attempt, he could "claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition because at the end I have succeeded" in winning Nigeria's presidency. 

"It is not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties and participate in the government," Buhari was quoted as saying. 

Buhari, a former military dictator, was elected in 2015 on an anti-corruption platform and Nigerians have largely praised him for his commitment to restoring order and accountability.

The president is divorced from his first wife Safinatu, with who he had five children. He married Aisha, 45, in 1989. They also have five children.

Read more on:    muhammadu buhari  |  aisha buhari  |  nigeria  |  west africa

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