An Open Letter To Mrs. Aisha Buhari On The BBC Interview – By Princewill Chimereze
AN OPEN LETTER TO MRS. AISHA BUHARI
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE DONE?
Ma, with due respect, what was the meaning of that interview with the BBC Hausa? I listened with shock the interview you granted with BBC Hausa on issues bordering on the Nigerian political Landscape and the Change Government of your husband, President Muhammadu Buhari. I was shocked not because of your incoherent speech or your poor command of English language like the former First Lady Patience Jonathan but because of your utterances in that interview.
Ma, What do you think you have done? You went on air to say things that you shouldn’t have said? To achieve what? Are you planning on contesting any political position in 2019? Many first ladies all over the world offer support and help to their husband even in the most difficult times and not to come the public to demoralize him. To what end? During the illness of the late President Yar’Adua, the wife Turai Yar’Adua never came out to publicly tell the world that her husband is sick and that if he continues to be sick, she would abandon everything and allow other people grab power. It was reported in different quarters that Turai called the shots while the husband was sick and away. During the trial of the then President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, The wife, who is now a Presidential candidate was very tactful in speaking to the press. She never ridiculed her husband even when it was proven that he actually had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Oh! Ma, What do you think you have done? During the recent trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki, did you hear anywhere where Toyin Saraki the wife came out publicly to say that if the husband doesn’t come out clean about his dealings on false Declaration of Assets she will stop supporting him? Recently, Yakubu Dogara, the current Speaker of the house of Representatives, was accused of budget padding alongside other members of the house. Did you by chance even in gossip hear that the wife was quoted as saying she would stop supporting the husband if does not come out clean on the issue? Ma, I can go on and on to give you vital examples of women who were before you in same position and kept their cool, worked with carefulnes knowing the kind of society we are in.
What do you think you have done? What came over you? How did you lose it? You could have declined invitation to that interview or was it by force? Today some opposition elements are cashing on that interview and the President’s comic response to jump around like they ‘ve won an election. Ma, are you happy about this? Have you seen the ridicule online brought about by this? Imagine Oluremi Tinubu making this kind of Uterrances or Dolapo Osibanjo. Ma, I must remind you that if not for Buhari, we wouldn’t have known you. Before you became a first lady, which is just a nomenclature, you were first a wife, a mother and your husband’s better half. Have you forgotten all these in just over one year of being in Aso Rock villa? Have you forgotten that after the tenure of your husband, you will return back to Daura with him? And that no one will care where you are? Even this type of interviews you won’t get them anymore or when last did you read or hear from Turai Yar’Adua? Whatever borders your heart about the situations of the country, you could have talked to your husband about it at home and remember the Islamic laws guiding marriages no matter your position. Or have you suddenly become secular just cos of power? In that ill conceived interview, you said you don’t know 45 out of the 50 appointment made by your husband. Like seriously are you supposed to know? Are you a politician? You want to influence the appointments? Or you are not happy the President on assumption of office scrapped the office of the first lady unlike previous administration?
Hope you know the implications of what you have done? Those hailing you today will abandon you when the time comes. Just wear the next expensive jewelry or carry an expensive bag and see those hailing you still question your source of income and accuse you and your family of being corrupt. And in many of these accusations of your expensive lifestyle, did you hear the President utter a word? Forget the nonsense going on now, where everyone is now kissing their wife and claiming what is not, (So they needed a misunderstanding in Someone’s family issue to show off their wife?) many men wouldn’t be happy if their wife goes to the media to say what they shouldn’t have. Ma, you no try for that interview. And please retrace your step.
Writer, Public Affairs Analyst and Social Commentator