Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the statement by the President in response to his wife. Aisha, was merely a joke.
Shehu, reacting to the responses ignited by Buhari’s statement that his wife, Aisha, belonged in the kitchen, declared that the President respects women, citing the appointment of Kemi Adeosun, Finance Minister, as a demonstration of that.
“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense humour anymore? Mr President laughed before that statement was made,” he said.
“He was obviously throwing a banter.
“Politics sometimes should be spiced with humour. Those of us close to him know there is never a dull moment with him.
“Mr President respects the place of women in our society. He believes in the abilities of women.
“One of Nigeria’s most sensitive office today is headed by a woman, Mrs Adeosun. This is an evidence of the confidence he reposes on women.”
Recall that Aisha, in an interview with the BBC, alleged that the government had been hijacked saying she might not support her husband under the present circumstances if he seeks re-election in 2019.
Buhari, reacting to the statement said: “Aisha belongs to my kitchen, living room, and the other room.”