Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari raised some eyebrows Friday when he told reporters that his wife Aisha “belongs to my kitchen.”
Buhari’s response to Aisha Buhari’s public criticisms of her husband came as he traveled to Germany to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“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 in a quote to the Associated Press.
Aisha Buhari told the BBC that she has warned her husband she may not support his leadership again, and she believes Nigeria’s government may be controlled by a handful of powerful people who are appointing officials the president does not really know.
Reporting from Abuja, BBC reporter Naziru Mikailu said Aisha Buhari’s decision to speak publicly on her concerns was likely to come as a shock to many Nigerians, while showing the “level of discontent” in Nigeria.
What may also come as a shock was Buhari’s response, which drew a pointed look from Merkel as she stood with him to greet reporters.
The remarks came as Buhari traveled to Berlin to discuss security issues, Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis in the northeast, and trade and economic concerns. Buhari planned to meet with German business leaders to discuss investment, and with Nigerians living in Germany.
Nigeria’s State House said Buhari was “committed to deepening relations with Germany” and building on the nations’ cordial relations, in an information statement about his trip.
Whether those relations remained equally cordial with his wife following his off-the-cuff remark remains to be seen, but there was no immediate word from Aisha Buhari, who is committed to causes that advance women and girls.
Image: Muhammadu Buhari