Nigerian President Declares The First Lady Belongs In The Kitchen

Nigerian president made the highly sexist comment sitting besides one of the most powerful women in the world, Angela Merkel.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari responded to criticism made by his wife in the most sexist of ways — by claiming she “belonged in the kitchen” and that he had “superior knowledge” about running the government.

Buhari’s blatantly misogynist remark came during a news conference in Berlin which he was attending besides one of the most powerful women in the world, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“I don't know exactly what party my wife belongs to. Actually she belongs in the kitchen, the living room and the other rooms in my house,” Buhari told reporters with a chuckle.

Buhari was responding to a BBC interview in which his wife Aisha, known for her activism, questioned his leadership and stated she would not be supporting his re-election unless he took control of his government.

The first lady of Nigeria claimed her husband’s government was being “hijacked” by a few people.

The first lady of Nigeria

“The president does not know 45 out of 50 of the people he appointed and I don't know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” she said.

Her decision to go public against her husband might have shocked the Nigerian public, but it shows the level of discontent with the current president’s leadership.

The remark by the president had his spokesperson Mallan Garba Shehu scrabbling for an explanation.




However, this attempt at damage control was not enough to pacify the outrage on the media.







Some people are wondering what Buhari meant by “the other rooms.” Some social media users have taken to posting pictures of bedrooms and the hashtag #TheOtherRoom is trending in Nigeria.








Aisha campaigned relentlessly for her husband during last year’s election campaign in Nigeria, inspiring women and youth all across Nigeria. However, at the start of the administration, she kept a low profile and restricted herself to helping victims of the Boko Haram conflict and empowering women.


The damning interview is a severe blow to Buhari, who has a reputation being tough on corruption, but who in latter days has been struggling to deal with economic recession in the country.

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