‘I Think My Wife Should Stay Out Of Politics’, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari had again voiced opposition to the BBC Hausa interview granted by his wife Aisha, where she declared that she won’t campaign for her husband in 2019 if he does not shake up his government.

Although, Buhari had in a joint press conference with German Angela, Angela Merkel ‘jokingly’ dissed the wife saying she belongs to his kitchen, the president has expressed opinion that his wife should stay away from politics.

READ: Full Text Of Aisha Buhari’s BBC Hausa Interview

Asked what he meant by “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 who spoke with Deutsche Welle presenter Phil Gayle said the function of the wife is to look after him.

“I am sure you have a house. … You know where your kitchen is, you know where your living room is, and I believe your wife looks after all of that, even if she is working.”

“That is your wife’s function?, the reporter asked and the president answered “Yes, to look after me.” 

Asked again if the wife should stay out of politics and the president responded saying “I think so”

He also expressed views on the gender equality bill which has failed to pass the National Assembly. He said it is a good thing to the extent that it is accepted culturally throughout the country.

President Buhari who returned to Nigeria Saturday evening after a three day working visit to Germany also spoke on a couple of other issues.

He said his reason for visiting Germany is to seek German investments in Nigeria.

“We want German investors. As you know, there are about 100 German companies in Nigeria, and German investors have earned a lot of respect from Nigeria because of the quality of the manufactured goods they produce, especially machinery. … Nigerians work very hard to learn as much as possible, and attract German investment in manufacturing, especially.”

“German investors have been in Nigeria long enough, and they have seen so many governments, especially in the last 16 years. There was 16 years of the other party we took over from and eight successive governments, and all this time the German investors have survived it. So, they know a lot of details and they found out about the difference between the previous government and the incoming government.”

On the recent accusation by the Nigerian Bar Association that he is using corruption arrest as a way of intimidating judges, the president said they are all innocent until they are proven guilty.

“Well, we are under a different system. … In 1984 and 1985, I told very curious people like you, then, in the military, what we did. The people arrested were put in prison and they were told they were guilty until they could prove their innocence. This time around, as you can see … they are all innocent until we can prove them guilty. This process is much easier. We have to start from the institution where they work, to their bank accounts, either inside or outside Nigeria, before we can prosecute them, take them to court and get them prosecuted.”

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VIDEO: President Buhari ‘Jokingly’ Disses Wife Over BBC Interview

President Muhammadu Buhari elicited laughter at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday when he responding to a question about an interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari, to the BBC.

The president jokingly said, “I claim superior knowledge compared to [my wife] and the opposition,” mentioning his three failed campaigns for the presidency of Nigeria over a 12-year period before he won on his fourth attempt.

He said his wife belongs to the his kitchen, the living room and the other room.

The video below captures the president’s exact words.

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Buhari Voices Optimism About Release Of More Chibok Girls

President Muhammadu Buhari has voiced optimism about the release of more Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014.

Yesterday, Boko Haram freed 21 of the abducted girls in a swap deal that saw the Nigerian government release four detained members of the Islamist group. The girls’ release came after President Buhari departed Abuja to travel to Germany on a state visit.

In a joint press conference earlier today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr. Buhari disclosed that his administration would continue negotiations with the Islamist terror group to secure the release of the remaining schoolgirls.

After speaking about the release of 21 schoolgirls, President Buhari noted that more than “100 more are still in the hands of the terrorists somewhere in the Lake Chad Basin area which include Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

“In getting these 21 out, we hope we will get enough intelligence to go about securing the rest of them.”

Mr. Buhari expressed gratitude to the United Nations for working towards securing the release of the abducted schoolgirls.

He reminded reporters that Boko Haram has killed no fewer than 37,000 Nigerians, adding that Nigeria has about two million people in Internally Displaced Persons camps. According to him, 60 percent of the internally displaced persons are women and children. Mr. Buhari disclosed that 60 percent of displaced children are orphaned.

“This is a major challenge for [the] government,” said Mr. Buhari, explaining that his administration has to provide education and health for the displaced people in addition to returning them to their villages and towns and helping to reintegrate them normal lives.

President Buhari thanked the German government for its humanitarian assistance and support for Nigeria in tackling the effects of terrorism.

Responding to a question about an interview granted by his wife, Aisha Buhari, to the BBC, the Nigerian leader urged his wife and the opposition to appreciate the depth of the problems he met on assumption of office.

He elicited laughter at the press conference when he jokingly said, “I claim superior knowledge compared to [my wife] and the opposition,” mentioning his three failed campaigns for the presidency of Nigeria over a 12-year period before he won on his fourth attempt.

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Buhari Replies Wife Over BBC Interview, Says She Belongs To My Kitchen

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the interview his wife granted to the BBC where she made scathing remarks concerning the president’s decision in government.

Aisha Buhari had in an interview with BBC’s Naziru Mikailu, said she may not back her husband at the next election unless he shakes up his government.

She further declared that Buhari “does not know”most of the top officials he has appointed, and that the government had been hijacked by some persons deciding presidential appointments.

“The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” she said people adding that those who do not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”

But reacting to the First Lady’s comment, Buhari who is on a three-day visit to Germany laughed off his wife’s comments about him, saying, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room.”

His comments to reporters in Germany prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, standing at his side, to give him a short glare and then laugh.

In his comments to reporters, Buhari also said he hopes his wife will remember that he ran for president three times before succeeding on the fourth effort. “So I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition, because in the end I have succeeded. It’s not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government.”

Buhari, who was briefly a military dictator in the 1980s, was elected in his fourth run at the presidency in 2015 on the back of a coalition that includes former foes and opportunists who abandoned the former governing party of defeated President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari has not said whether he will run again in 2019.

“He is yet to tell me, 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,” Aisha Buhari said.

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Four Reasons President Buhari Is Visiting Germany

There are four major reasons highlighted by the presidency why President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has embarked on a three working days visit to the Federal Republic of Germany.

According to a presidential media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, the discussions of Buhari with Gernamy will cover the following areas:

  1. Further cooperation between the two countries on security matters especially as it affects the North-Eastern states of Nigeria.
  2. The humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East of Nigeira
  3. The rehabilitation of the North-East vastly destroyed by the activities of the Boko-Haram sect
  4. Enhancement of Economic ties between Nigeria and Germany. To this end and In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors.

According to Adesina, President Buhari is committed to deepening relations with Germany and building on the very cordial relations both countries enjoy in several areas of bilateral cooperation including the fight against terrorism, economic relations, rebuilding of the North east, support for IDPs, vocational training, energy partnership and cultural relations.

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Buhari Orders EFCC To Return N10 billion Seized From NBC

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to return the N10 billion seized from the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Is’haq Modibbo-Kawu, Director-General of the NBC made this disclosure at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday while addressing journalists on the International Conference for African Broadcasters (AFRICAST) scheduled for October 18, 2016.

The money was part of the proceeds from the sales of spectrum made during the tenure of former DG, Emeka Mba and was seized by the EFCC in March 2016.

According to Modibb0-Kawu, the NBC is working towards obtaining the money from the anti-graft agency in order to fasttrack the digitization process.

He said that President Buhari is aware of the importance of the Digital Switch Over to Nigeria’s economic success and they are ready to use the digital revolution as a major starting point for revolutionary approach to employment in the country.

The EFCC had accused the former DG, Mba, Technology Advisor LLP, and others of diverting N10 billion from the N34 billion paid by telecommunications giant, MTN to the NBC which was meant for digital television broadcasting in the country. Subsequently, it seized the funds which it alleged was recovered from the accused persons.

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As Buhari Explores Opportunities In Germany By Chukwudi Enekwechi

In furtherance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment towards expanding the frontiers of Nigeria’s diplomacy, he has once more embarked on a three day official trip to Germany.
 
The three days trip will afford him the opportunity to interact with the German Chancellor Angela Markel and President Joachim Gauck.
 
It is expected that issues that border on security, the humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons, rehabilitation of the Northeast, trade and economic relations between both countries.
 
In this era of economic recession, the necessity for global diplomatic engagements will play a pivotal role in attracting foreign direct investments and winning international goodwill for Nigeria.
 
It is pertinent to recognize that President Buhari’s sincerity of purpose and zeal to promote transparency in governance have endeared him and by extension the entire country to the international community.
 
Since no country is an island and interdependence among countries has always been the norm, it is remarkable that Nigeria continues to assert herself in the global arena. Of course with the several policy initiatives of the Buhari administration, Nigeria is well positioned to explore the world.
On the issue of war against Boko Haram and rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, Nigeria stands to gain a lot from Germany. In trying to find a lasting solution to the problems in the Northeast Nigeria has to explore all avenues and the trip to Germany will definitely bode well for the country.
 
Germany is also home for many Diaspora Nigerians and the visit will offer an opportunity for the President to interface with them. The other side of it is that the Nigerian community in Germany will also have the opportunity to exchange views about Nigeria with Mr President.
 
While President Buhari will use the trip to solicit for Germany’s help in rebuilding the war-ravaged Northeast and combating Boko Haram, he will equally showcase the investment potentials of the country to the German business community.
 
With the several policy initiatives of this administration, it is in his place as the number one citizen to lead in trumpeting the many benefits awaiting foreign investments in Nigeria.
 
In various sectors of the economy such as solid minerals and mining, agriculture, oil and gas, science and technology, the federal government is providing incentives for would-be investors and the message ought to be pronounced loud and to the target audience.
 
Since his assumption of office, President Buhari has adopted a multilateral approach in fostering Nigeria’s relations with the rest of the world, and this has endeared him to world leaders such as President Barrack Obama of the United States.
His foresight, vision and patriotism have once more positioned Nigeria as a global player from the African continent that cannot be ignored. In effect, it can be said that President Buhari has restored Nigeria’s preeminent position as the continent’s leader.
 
On trade and economics, it needs to be noted that Germany has remained a major source of imports for various goods and services into Nigeria. The trade volume between both countries stood at 5.4 Billion Euros in 2014 but decreased to 2.9 Billion Euros in 2015.
 
Nigeria has remained Germany’s second most important economic partner in Africa and President Buhari’s visit has the potential to strengthen both countries’ relations, and promote trade and economic cooperation. Both countries open market policy also helps to facilitate trade among their citizens and this is to the mutual advantage of both countries.
 
Germany as a technologically advanced country is in a position to assist in the area of maritime security and safeguarding of our waterways.
 
The diversification programme of the Buhari administration offers German companies a leeway to penetrate into the Nigerian market.
 
At this critical period in our history, we must concentrate on ensuring that we continue to widen the frontiers of our business and diplomatic engagements. Already the Buhari administration has created the enabling environment for businesses, both local and foreign to thrive in Nigeria, and it is hoped that German investors will take full advantage of the opportunities.
 
Similarly, the major drawbacks to foreign direct investments like corruption and insecurity are being addressed by the administration. Definitely, the cleansing going on will restore the confidence of foreign investors in Nigeria and pave way for businesses to thrive.
 
Boosting trade and investments between Nigeria and Germany will help provide employment opportunities, improve security, education and infrastructural development. The renewed diplomatic move by President Buhari has the potential to jumpstart Nigeria’s economy, and increase the trade volume between both countries.
 
Germany as a knowledge-based economy is also in a position to transfer technology to Nigeria by sharing knowledge in the various sectors.
 
Again since both are the largest economies in their respective continents of Europe and Africa, they are in a position to exchange competencies and skills.
 
It must be noted that major German companies have been operating in Nigeria for decades, and they have been adding real value to Nigeria’s growth and development. For example Julius Berger Plc and ABB are some of the German companies that have continued to lend support to Nigeria’s development.
Chukwudi Enekwechi, Journalist, writes from Abuja and can be reached via kwechis19@yahoo.com
 
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Chibok Girls: Tinubu Hails Buhari, Says President Won’t Rest Until All Girls Are Set Free

National leader of the All progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari over the release of 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls.

Tinubu said he is sure that President Muhammadu Buhari will not rest on his oars until all the Chibok girls in captivity have been rescued.

In a statement by his Media Office, Tinubu said: “The news of the release of the 21 Chibok girls came to me as a delightful relief. I congratulate the families of these young ladies who have endured so much anxiety and pain on account of this horrendous experience. I am also grateful that these budding young stars now have the opportunity to again pursue their dreams and aspirations. I know there is road to recovery and readjustment ahead, but I am confident that the support of their families, our communities,and the assistance of our many collaborators at home, and internationally provide the tools required for this.

“I also congratulate and thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his steadfastness and dogged effort in ensuring the release of these girls. I salute our gallant men and women in uniform who continue to make sacrifices on our behalf and have remained focused in the hot pursuit of the terrorists.

“I commend all Federal Government agencies- the DSS, the NIA- and indeed our lawmakers and our other partners who remained dogged and worked assiduously to secure this release.

“It is a great day for our nation and humanity when as shown there, we demonstrate that every life is vital and must be fought for, no matter what it takes. I know that the joy of this outcome will inspire and encourage the government and all concerned to do everything within human possibility to secure the release of our other daughters who are still in captivity.

“This President, I am assured, will not rest on his oars until all the girls in captivity are freed and returned to their families.  Security and ending the Boko Haram insurgency remains atop the agenda of the APC-led government and I am happy that the evidence is there to see that progress is being made on this front.”

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I Won’t Campaign For My Husband In 2019 Unless… – Aisha Buhari

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has told the BBC she will not campaign for her husband’s re-election in 2019 if he does not shake up his government.

The 45-year-old said President Muhammadu Buhari had not told her whether he would contest the 2019 election.

“He is yet to tell me 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.”

An exasperated Mrs Buhari said the President “does not know” most of the top officials he has appointed.

She suggested the government had been hijacked, saying a “few people” were behind presidential appointments.

Her decision to go public with her concerns will shock many people, but it shows the level of discontent with the President’s leadership, says the BBC’s Naziru Mikailu in the capital, Abuja.

Buhari had promised before and after his election last year to go after corruption and nepotism

He famously remarked at his inauguration that he “belongs to nobody and belongs to everybody”.

But his appointments have been heavily criticised for favouring people from the North.

In the interview with Naziru Mikailu, Mrs Buhari said: “The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.”

She said people who did not share the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were now appointed to top posts because of the influence a “few people” wield.

“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”

Asked to name those who had hijacked the government, she refused, saying: “You will know them if you watch television.”

On whether the president was in charge, she said: “That is left for the people to decide.”

The BBC is believed to have defied pressure from the Presidency which attempted to stop the interview broadcast.

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Osinbajo To 21 Freed Chibok Girls: Buhari Is Very Excited You Are Free

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has expressed the excitement of President Muhammadu Buhari over the release of 21 of the nearly 300 Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram group.

Osinbajo expressed the excitement while receiving the 21 freed girls at the presidential villa in Abuja.

Below are words of the president.

“First, let me say, we must praise the Almighty God for bringing you back after so many months.

Before I say anything further let’s just say a word of prayer together.

Let us pray.

Our Father in Heaven, we bless your name, we thank you because there is no one like you, thank you for being so good to us, thank you Almighty Father for these ladies.

Father, even as you have brought them back, we pray that you replenish, resuscitate them, and revitalize them with good health so that they can be more successful and happier than they were ever before.

We pray that all of these girls that you have taken care of even while they were in captivity, I pray that you will continue to take care of them.

I pray that you will uphold them, let it be well with them. We pray for those who are still in captivity that all of them will be returned to us. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.

Welcome back girls!

I am sure you know that the whole country has been waiting for you to come back, all these many months, the whole country has been waiting that one day we will see you again and we are very happy to see you back!

We are going to bring your parents, your parents will be coming here to join you.

You can’t immediately be taken out of here because we need to be sure that you are in very good health.

I am sure are going to be very well taken care of. We have provided very good accommodation for you where you will stay where you will sleep and your parents will come and meet you there also.

We are also going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment, we are going to make that we make all the provisions for you.

The Federal Government is very committed. The president in particular, has asked me to tell you, how excited he is. When you were away, he kept saying that if it were his daughter he wouldn’t even know what to do.

So we are all very excited that you are here. We are all happy that God has preserved your lives and brought you back.

We know that very soon all will be well and I am sure that when you meet with your parents they will be very excited to meet you.

We have already contacted them, they know where you are, and very soon they will be joining you here. So we are all looking forward to how you are going to settle in very nicely. The doctors have all the kinds of treatment that you will need, so you are all welcome back and we are all very excited to see.”

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Release Of 21 Chibok Girls: A Plus For Buhari – MURIC

21 of about 265 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents were set free today after several negotiations between the insurgents and the Federal Government (FG).

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends FG for the successful negotiation which led to the freedom of 21 of the Chibok girls. This development marks the beginning of the liberation of the girls in totality. It also showcases FG’s genuine commitment to the rescue of the Chibok girls. It is a plus for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although it is not yet Uhuru, we wish to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for bringing out 21 of the girls from captivity. It may be a small number but it is a pointer to better days ahead. A silver lining has appeared in the sky after cloudy and stormy days.

In particular, we hail President Buhari for his  recent passionate appeal to the United Nations (UN) to come to his aid in negotiating with the Boko Haram insurgents. We believe that it was this transparent and highly pragmatic approach which brought the Red Cross and the UN into the negotiation process. It is needless to say that the insurgents saw credibility and sincerity in FG’s latest negotiation moves because international agencies were involved.

However, the release of the 21 girls has effectively punctured the conspiracy theory of a few doubting Thomases led by the wife of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan who alleged that the abduction of the girls was a phantom. The reunion of the girls with the rest of Nigerians is also a serious indictment on the former president who dilly dallied for 18 good days after their kidnap before lifting a finger. Had he acted early, the girls would have been rescued before the insurgents did so much harm to them.

Former President Jonathan must therefore live with the moral burden of official and deliberate neglect in the case of the abduction of the Chibok girls for the rest of his life. It was sheer dereliction of duty at the highest echelon of power. No more, no less. Jonathan’s moral nightmare must include the trauma experienced by the girls and their parents over the single parent phenomenon to which some of the girls who came back with kids are unjustly subjected.

We are saddened by the fact that some of the girls came back with children of their own but we thank Allah that they are alive. We charge FG to come up with a programme for the full rehabilitation of the 21 girls, their kids and others still in captivity whose release we are eagerly anticipating.

MURIC appeals to the parents of the Chibok girls whose children are yet to be released to remain hopeful, to exercise patience and to have faith in the efforts of the Buhari administration to bring back their daughters.

On a final note, while we commend the efforts of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group in putting pressure on governments of the day on the subject-matter, we appeal for decorum and rational behavior in the methods adopted. While public demonstrations in the days of Jonathan can be rationalized in the face of official lethargy, the same cannot be said about the Buhari period.

We therefore advise the BBOG group to stop public demonstrations henceforth. Public demonstrations are capable of being hijacked by hoodlums who may loot shops, attack innocent motorists and commit other atrocities. BBOG should divert its energy to peaceful advocacy on the issue through press statements and humanitarian efforts aimed at improving the standard of living of the Chibok girls in particular, their education, their kids, their parents and the Chibok community in general.   

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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Buhari ‘Welcomes’ Release Of 21 Chibok Girls Before Heading Out To Germany

President Muhammadu Buhari has “welcomed” the release of 21 of the abducted Chibok girls and promised to further discuss the situation in the north-east with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Buhari stated this just before his departure to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he is expected to confer with Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the north-east.

“As I depart Abuja for Germany on an official visit, I welcome the release of 21 of the Chibok girls, following successful negotiation,” he tweeted.

“The department of State Services has briefed me on the matter and will continue to provide updates.

“Cooperation on the security and humanitarian situation in the Northeast will form a significant part of my discussion with Chancellor Merkel.”

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