- Revelations about President Muhammadu Buhari's battle with an illness have been revealed
- Surprisingly, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari on Tuesday, October 4 disclosed that the president had a long battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Aisha revealed that this was as a result of the different ordeals the president passed through during his lifetime as a military officer
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Aisha Buhari made this revelation at Armed Forces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre (AFPTSDC) initiated by the Mrs Lucky Irabor-led Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA).
The president's wife said her husband suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the aftermath of the civil war.
She said the president was engrossed with the disorder as a result of the event that led to his ouster as the military head of state, his 40 months of detention without charge as well as his three consecutive losses in the general elections.
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“My husband served the Nigerian Army for 27 years before he was overthrown in a coup d’état. He fought civil war for 30 months without rehabilitation; he ruled Nigeria for 20 months and was detained for 40 months without disclosing the nature of his offence."
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She further revealed that whilst performing her duties as his wife in the early stages of their union as man and wife, she suffered the consequences that came with her husband's disorder.
The First Lady said:
"I suffered the consequences of PTSD because having gone through all these, and at the age of 19, to handle somebody who was a former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, to tell him that he is wrong is the first mistake you will make.
“So, at the age of 19, I had to figure out how to tell somebody of his calibre that he was wrong or right and that was the beginning of my offence in his house, and contesting elections in 2003 and failed, 2007, failed and 2011, the same thing – all without rehabilitation – I became a physiotherapist.
“You can imagine me at 19 years, handling somebody that went to war, suffered coup d’état, then lost several elections, and, finally, getting to the Villa in the 2015. Also, for a woman to tell them that this is wrong or right in Nigeria and Africa is a problem.”
Aisha Buhari apologises to Nigerians over economic hardship since 2015
Meanwhile, the First Lady of Nigeria has appealed to Nigerians to forgive the present administration for the economic hardship the country is facing.
The First Lady said that there is a need for all citizens from every walk of life to join hands to ensure the country gets out of the challenges.
According to Aisha, the current economic woes of the country can be seen affecting various sectors of the economy including health, education and many others.