Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari may have succeeded in getting her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet in the coming weeks, following her recent public outburst.
According to feelers coming from the seat of power, the President was shaken and disturbed by the interview granted to the BBC by his wife, even though he’s maintained a stoic, unruffled demeanour in public.
Buhari doubled down on his “my wife belongs to the Kitchen” comment in a chat with Phil Gayle of Deutsche-Welle, shortly before he left Germany.
In an interview granted the BBC, Mrs. Buhari had hinted that a cabal had since seized the Buhari Presidency even though the mafia has zero knowledge of the values underpinning the APC – the platform from where her husband emerged President.
“The president does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed and I don’t know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years,” lamented Mrs. Buhari.
She also threatened to boycott her husband’s campaign should he decide to run again in 2019.
“I have decided as his wife, that 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. I will never do it again,” said Mrs. Buhari.
“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” Buhari responded in a press conference.
The President doubled down on his comments some 24 hours later.
“I’m sure you have a house, you know where your kitchen, living room and other rooms are and I’m sure your wife looks after these rooms even if she is working. She is to look after me,” he told his interviewer, with characteristic smugness.
Villa sources have however told Pulse, that even though the President has been mulling over the rejigging of his cabinet, his wife’s comments have made that course of action even more of an imperative.
“He was hurt by his wife’s comments”, said one Villa source who craved anonymity for this story. “I can tell you that a cabinet reshuffle is imminent. Some of the Ministers have no place in this administration and the President has known that for a while.”
One highly placed APC official who works in the Presidency said the party is glad that Mrs. Buhari’s comments will have the desired effect.
“Even though she shouldn’t have spoken and most of what she said has been taken out of context by the public, I’m glad she did finally speak and we are hearing that some persons in the kitchen cabinet will be asked to take their exits. The mafia will also have its back broken. He’s long known what to do, but now that his wife has reiterated the concerns publicly, Buhari has been left with little choice.”