Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that his wife, Aisha, should stay out of
politics though he is accepting of gender equality.
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,” said Buhari in an interview with Deutsche
Welle’s Phil Gayle, doubling down on his earlier comment about his
Deutsche Welle published the interview on its website on Saturday.
Buhari claimed an interview with BBC Hausa’s Naziru Mikailu that she
may not back her husband if he seeks reelection in 2019 because she felt
the government has been hijacked from him.
laughed off his wife’s comment while talking to reporters in Germany
where met with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” he said.
Buhari said he was not aversed to gender equality in spite of the
controversies his comments have generated. Responding to the question on
if he considered gender equality as a good thing, Buhari answered in
“It is a good thing to the extent that it is accepted culturally throughout the country,” he said.
said his government would be favourably disposed to signing the Gender
Equality Bill if it is eventually passed into by the National Assembly.