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Monday, 26 January 2015

My husband will obey rule of law — Buhari’s wife


The wife of the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has said her husband, General Buhari, will be guided by provisions of the Nigerian Constitution in all of his actions.
Mrs. Buhari said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after the inaugural meeting of APC Women Presidential Campaign Initiative, in Abuja, on Saturday.
She said if the APC took over government in May 29, strict adherence to the provisions of the constitution as well as respect for the human person would be its guiding principle.
According to her, the subject of whether or not there will be an office for the First Lady was not issue because as a woman she has her role already carved out.
She said, “When my husband is elected as the president of this country, he will rule the country within the rule of law based on the constitution of the country.
“If the office of the first lady is constitutionally recognised, he will not tamper with it but if it is not that’s okay. For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria, traditionally.”
She said, “The wife of the president has some traditional roles, like receiving guests, visiting orphanages, helping the less privileged people, leading the fight for the right of women and malnourished children, infant mortality rate, kidnapping and girl child trafficking and so on.”
Earlier, she charged women at the gathering to rise up to the challenge of creating awareness among rural women so as to ensure that they not only collect their permanent voter cards but that they also come out to vote on election day. She urged women to go the extra mile to explain voting procedures to the female folk and ensure that they not only vote but also protect their votes.
Mrs. Buhari said the meeting was convened to workout modalities for enlightening women based on the peculiarities of each of the six geo-political zones.
In her remarks, the wife of Buhari’s running mate, Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo in a veiled response to a campaign pronouncement by President Goodluck Jonathan, said, there was nothing wrong with women playing their roles in the kitchen.
Mrs. Osinbajo said she is a trained lawyer, wife and mother and she takes delight in cooking for her family.
She said an APC-led government would go beyond appointing a few women into political office by putting in place measures to empower them to contribute meaningfully to national growth.

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