The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari on Thursday has declared to be address officially as The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari made the disclosure during the presentation awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states, at the banquet hall of the Presidential villa in Abuja.
She stated that the title “wife of the president” has served as a source of confusion to the wife’s of the governors wondering whether to be addressed as “first lady” or “wife of the governor” in their respective state.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari declared that henceforth her title seize to be “wife of the president” and now “First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,”
The presidency has referred to Mrs Buhari’s office has ‘office of the wife of the president’ since the beginning of the Buhari’s administration in 2015.
Although, she had performed the role of the First Lady throughout Buhari’s first term, she had stuck to the “Wife of the President” title in line with Buhari’s pre-election promise that there would be no office of the First Lady.
Buhari in December 2014, said he would not have an office of the first lady should he emerge as president. He said such office was not provided for in the constitution, and suggested that the Ministry for Women Affairs should be allowed to play its role unhindered.
Aisha Buhari, following this statement, also gave her word that she would abide by whatever the constitution stipulates, and said she would perform her traditional duties only as the wife of the president.