Aisha: A First Lady’s Outburst

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria's First Lady

By Oji Odu

Senator Shehu Sanni, All Progressives Congress (APC) representative, Kaduna Central, stirred the hornet nest in his twit where he used animals to describe the state of President Muhammadu Buhari’s health. But the wife of the President, and First Lady of Nigeria would not take likely to it.

“God has answered the prayers of the weaker Animals, The Hyena’s and the Jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom. We strongly believe in the prayers and support of the weaker animals,” Aisha Buhari replied.

Senator Sani of Kaduna State had not only used animals to describe the President’s  state of health, but  the rather unfortunate intrigues at the seat of power following the over 63 days and still counting absence of the President to an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom where he is undergoing extensive medical treatment for yet to be disclosed illness.

Senator Sani had posted on President Buhari’s health status on Facebook:  “Prayer for the absent Lion King has waned; until he’s back, then they will fall over each other to be on the front row of the palace temple. Now the hyenas and the jackals are scheming and talking to each other in whispers; still doubting whether the Lion King will be back or not…

“It is the wish of the Hyenas and the Jackals that the Lion King never wakes up or come back so that they can be kings. It is the prayers of the weak animals that the Lion King comes back to save the kingdom from the Hyenas, the wolves and other predators.”

Sanni’s statement and the First Lady’s outburst goe to confirm her earlier allegation that there is a cabal within the Presidency that wants to control all that happens, including when she can see her husband, President Buhari. It also shows that she cannot be confined to “the Kitchen and the other room”.

According to Sanni, the Lion King is sleeping. What type of sleep is he taking that has taken over 63 days and he is not yet awake? Why can’t his wife and bedmate Aisha, the first Lady wake him up? If she cannot, why can’t another person do so? Would it be suicidal to wake him up?

Who are those hyenas and jackals that do not want him to wake up? What are they benefiting from his absence, and what will they benefit from his not waking up?

According to the wife of the President, the Lion King will soon be back, for God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals… ‘and with their support , the hyenas and jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom’. Who are these ‘weaker’ animals? What have they lost and are losing following the Lion King’s sleep?

With President Buhari’s absence shrouded in secrecy and the conspiracy of graveyard silence over his state of health, could Aisha’s statement mean that the Lion King has finally woken up, and would soon be back to the country to take over government?

This is the second time since October 2016, that the first lady would openly give insight into the intrigues at the seat of power, especially against the backdrop of President Buhari’s ailment.

In an earlier interview with the BBC last October, Aisha had accused an unnamed cabal of hijacking the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by her husband, the President.

Apparently shocked by some appointments made by her husband, she warned that she may not support his re-election in 2019 he failed to shake up his cabinet.

“As a person, I have my right to say how I feel about something. If it continues like this, me, I am not going to be part of any movement again, because I need to work with the people that we started the journey with collectively so that we can achieve what we want to achieve, so that he would leave a legacy.”

But the President who was away in Germany on a state visit laughed off his wife’s challenge during a Press briefing with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as he fired the now famous statement that Aisha belonged in the kitchen and the other room.

“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,”

Responding to a question on whether her husband had sufficient knowledge of the identity of those at the centre of the controversies, she said: “Whether he knows or not, those who voted for him know. He can see. Among all the people he selected, if he is asked among 50 people, he doesn’t know 45. I don’t know them despite staying with him for 25 years.”

“This worries us a lot now. Because they believe they are the ones who suffered, but are no where today. Those who didn’t do anything who don’t even have voters’ cards are the ones in position, doing everything.” “What I am afraid for them is the rebellion of 15 million people.” Which she believed voted for Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.

Could these 45 be part of the faceless cabal that have a tight grip on the present Buhari administration? Could they be the ones responsible for the alleged plot to make Acting President Yemi Osinbajo a ‘vegetable’ Acting President, when it was alleged that President Buhari handed over to him as “Co-ordinating Vice President” not Acting President? Could they also be responsible for the opposition against Osinbajo not to swear-in the Ministers that had already been cleared by the Senate?

In a chat with the Magazine, Johnson Ekwo, a political analyst said: “ People should leave the First Lady alone. Which person in her situation would keep quiet to the statement by Sanni about her husband’s health? However, a deeper x-ray of the Kaduna Central’s statement reveals that it may be a smokescreen against some political opponents.”


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