Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, the wife of the President, has said that henceforth she should be addressed as ‘First Lady’.
Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari had always been addressed as ‘Wife of the President” in the past four years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
But on Thursday night Dr. Aisha Buhari, announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, at an event held at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The new designation was announced at the presentation of awards to immediate past governors’ wives and current governors’ wives of the 36 states of the Federation.
She said “When my husband was newly elected, 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.
This new development is obviously contrary to what the President told journalists in Kaduna before his election on March 28 2015, when he said “there is no office of the first lady in the Nigerian constitution’’ and as such no official role for presidents’ wives.
According to her, the new designation would take immediate effect in order to resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.