Family politics

Nigeria’s president responds to criticism from wife by telling reporters she belongs in the kitchen

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari arrives with his wife Aisha, before taking oath of office at the Eagles Square in Abuja, on May 29, 2015. (EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

After facing public political criticism from his wife in comments aired by the BBC on Friday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told reporters in Berlin that his wife should stay out of political matters since she “belongs to [his] kitchen.”

Aisha Buhari had said that her husband President Buhari “does not know 45 out of 50 of the people” he had recently appointed to top positions in government, a consequence, she alleged, of powerful government players who convinced him to appoint their allies. “If things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before,” she told the BBC.

While meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, President Buhari retaliated against his spouse, saying, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.” According to The Associated Press, Chancellor Merkel gave Buhari “a short glare” and then laughed.

In other comments, the first lady praised her husband for the government’s role in decreasing the number of attacks enacted by Boko Haram. The terrorist group also released 21 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls earlier this week, a moment of success that the president quickly overshadowed with his ill-advised remarks.

Read the full story at Newser.

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