‘I knew my husband needed help’ — Aisha Buhari speaks on being vocal as first lady
Aisha Buhari, the wife of outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that his husband was not mentally prepared for the task ahead of him, saying that she was aware that he needed help.
The First Lady said she was relentless in her support for her husband and prioritized the welfare of Nigerians.
The president’s wife said she openly criticized decisions that were “taken for the interest of one person and not for the general public’s interests”.
Aisha made this revelation in an interview with The Sun published on Saturday while speaking on her time as first lady and the performance of her husband in office.
She said some decision-makers were oblivious to the fact that her husband was elected because of the love Nigerians have for him.
Aisha said, “So, I told myself we cannot afford that, I just knew my husband needed help,” she added.
“That is why I am here as a First Lady and as a wife. I don’t like people who want to make money to rubbish the image of the family, the hard-earned name of my husband, you know, and then we keep quiet and look at the person.
“So that’s why I normally step in and speak up.”
Aisha, however, said President Buhari fulfilled half of his campaign promises.
She said insecurity has been significantly tackled under the administration of her husband.
The First Lady said, “Compared to what we met on the ground, he has done wonderfully well. But if one is to compare with the zeal that we came into power, we have achieved 50 percent in all the areas captured in his campaign promises. Especially in the areas of work like road construction, bridges, you know, infrastructure in general. He has made a lot of difference.”
On security, she scored the president 70 percent, noting that most kidnappings were perpetrated by family members for mischievous purposes.
“I think maybe we scored 70 percent on security. I say so because before now, there were a lot of barricades, a lot of roadblocks, but now there are no more roadblocks, nothing,” Aisha said.
“Even the kidnapping that is happening now is being organized among the family members. It is a deliberate thing, you know. And then the insurgency or the banditry may be organized by some local people, you know. But if there is no connivance, I can say that we have achieved 90 percent on security.”
According to Aisha, the president “received Nigeria intact, and he is going to hand over Nigeria intact”.