Office Of The First Lady Will Not Be Scrapped – Buhari’s Wife
Aisha Buhari, the wife of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate for the 2015 national election, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that her husband is not going to tamper with the office of the first lady.
Mrs Buhari was talking to newsmen at the inaugural meeting of the APC women's presidential campaign initiative held in Abuja on Saturday.
She was reacting to the news that her husband promised to ban the office of the first lady during his tenure because the office is being used to steal public funds and is unconstitutional.
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She said that even though the office is not recognised in the constitution, she will limit the office to just visiting orphanages and caring for society’s downtrodden.
She said: “When my husband is elected as the president of this country, he will rule the country within the rule of law based on the constitution of the country.
“If the office of the first lady is constitutionally recognised, he will not tamper with it, but if it is not that’s okay.
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“For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria traditionally.Wives of presidents have some traditional roles, like receiving guests, visiting orphanages, helping the less privileged people.
"They also lead in the fight for the right of women and malnourished children, infant mortality rate, kidnapping and girl-child trafficking,’’ she said.
Mrs Buhari begged women to come together and join men to ensure a free and fair election at the February polls.
She also urged women to help out in educating fellow women to cast their votes and be civil in their conduct.
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She said: “As I am talking to you now, more than 55 percent of registered voters are women hence, it is imperative to have initiatives like this to mobilise fellow women at the grassroots.
“The meeting will plan campaign activities that will show case the potentials of the women wing in selling the programmes of our great party to the women.
“This will include mobilising women by creating voters awareness, particularly in the area of registration, collection of PVC, identifying the party logo and how to cast their votes.’’
Also at the event was the APC's vice-presidential candidate's wife, Oludolapo Osinbajo, who also asked women to help the less privileged in the nation.
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Osinbajo said: “I am happy that I am a mother, a wife and a sister. It is time to do more than we have been doing; encourage other women so that we all can be mothers of Nigeria.
“Mothers heal, comfort, nurture, provide, and sacrifice. We have this virtue in us and by the grace of God; we will be given the opportunity to express who we are as women.
“We are the ones who set the standard in the family; We decide whether our children will be honest or dishonest.
“We have this opportunity to effect change, not only to change the things that are happening in this nation, we have the opportunity to change ourselves.’’
Muhammadu Buhari had stated that if he is elected he will scrap the office of the first lady because Patience Jonathan has used it for corruption and intimidation of political opponents.