Mrs. Aisha Buhari has now announced her keenness to adopt the title of the First Lady which she and the President once dismissed as an imposition that is unfounded in the constitution.
Aisha Buhari said her new title would take effect immediately, explaining that the move would resolve the confusion that happens regarding the appropriate nomenclature for wives of state governors.
“When my husband was elected newly, I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.
“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.
“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.
She avowed the new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states, held Thursday, at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Her adoption of the First Lady title comes off as a brazen departure from President Buhari’s pledge while contesting in 2014 that he would not have an office of the first lady.
Mr Buhari said so in an interview in December 2014. Then candidate Buhari said such office is not provided for in the constitution and the Ministry for Women Affairs should be allowed to play its role unhindered.
Aisha Buhari then also pledged to be addressed as the wife of the president.