Senator Olujimi says the comment by President Buhari that his wife Aisha belongs to the kitchen is a wake-up call for Nigerian women
She said the comment is in very bad taste especially that it was said besides one of the most powerful women in the world
Olujimi also said that Buhari had become notorious for his embarrassing gaffes in foreign land
According to senator Olujimi, who is also the deputy minority whip of the senate, Buhari’s comment is in very bad taste especially that it was said besides one of the most powerful women in the world.
“We thank God that women have seen better leaders. By the way, we will not be daunted in our resolve to better our situation. It’s wake up call for us.” Olujimi also said that Buhari had become notorious for his embarrassing gaffes in foreign land, saying she and other women groups were working on a response to the latest remarks.
She said: “The president is the biggest diplomat a country can have. But we have a president that cannot weigh word —especially outside— but instead allowed emotions to becloud good thoughts.
That is not in any way acceptable. “We won’t disparage the president. We won’t bring him down before the world.
But, of course, we would look inward and see how we can handle the situation.” President Muhammadu Buhari has been heavily criticized for saying his wife, Aisha, belongs in his kitchen and living room, in response to the first lady’s public criticism of the president’s appointments on Friday, October 14.
In an interview with BBC, Aisha Buhari said the president had abandoned those who worked to bring him to power, and suggested the government had been hijacked by a few individuals who now wield sweeping powers.
She said: “He is yet to tell me if he’ll seek re-election— but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before.
I will never do it again.” But in a swift response during a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin, Buhari said his wife should be taking care of his kitchen, living room and the “other room” —meaning his bedroom.
He 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.” However, the president spokesman, Garba Shehu, downplayed his comment, saying: “He was obviously throwing a banter.”