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Elections are over, it’s time for Aisha Buhari to be a hypocrite again


Elections are over, it’s time for Aisha Buhari to be a hypocrite again

During the election campaign season, the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, briefly resigned as critic-in-chief from the presidential villa and took up the mantle of dutiful wife campaigning for her husband’s reelection based on all the “great things” she believed he had done. Gone was the fiery activist who said her husband does not listen to advise and who threatened not to rally voters on his behalf. Now the elections are over, President Muhammadu Buhari has been reelected, and Aisha is in the news again for criticising his government.

An attack on the FG’s signature policy: While interacting with women at the State House, the first lady said that the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP), has failed in Northern Nigeria.

Wait a second: Just a few days before, President Buhari had told his cabinet members at a valedictory meeting that they should be proud of being the ones who “introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.” And now his wife is describing that program as a failure, directly contradicting the president.

According to the First Lady:

  • “I have never asked how the money [N500bn slated for the SIP] is being used or is being given out. I met Barrister (one of the presidential aides on SIP) once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa) we should get 30,000 women to be given N10,000. Up till now, I haven’t heard from him.”
  • “I don’t want to raise the alarm that my state does not benefit from it, where SGF [Secreterary to the Government of the Federation] comes from, I kept quiet because I don’t want people to say that I talk too much.”
  • “Recently I saw a 74-year-old man selling petty things in Kano, I asked him how much is his capital, he told me between N3,000 and N4,000. Don’t forget that we have campaigned to give the poorest of the poor, N5,000 every month.”
  • “So I don’t know where the social investment. Maybe, It worked out in some states. In my own state, only a local government benefited out of the 22. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know but for it to fail woefully in Kano, it’s not a good sign and it’s not a good thing.”

One more thing: Two days ago on Twitter, Aisha Buhari quoted a video from the election of South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa in parliament with the words, “#TeamWork #ListenToAdvise.” In the video, an opposition leader, Julius Malema, is seen advising Ramaphosa to listen to advise in order to avoid the failures of the past. Her comment is believed to be in reference to her previous claims that her husband does not listen to advise.

Bottom Line: The First Lady has a pattern of making self-serving statements in few instances when things do not go her way in her husband’s government. Nobody has heard her complain about the stupendous wealth she has made in the past four years, so much that she has announced plans to build a university. In the past, The Scoop has highlighted the first lady’s hypocrisy. Her latest outburst fits into that pattern.

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