Last week, the social media went into unrest when the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, granted an interview with BBC Africa on some national issues, which the president reacted to saying she was not fit to discuss political matters , adding that her place is in the kitchen. This statement spurred reactions from people especially celebrities.
JOAN OMIONAWELE brings Excerpts:
“My name is Hilda Dokubo and I am a woman. I do not belong to the kitchen, I go to the kitchen to fix food for my family and myself. We eat there sometimes but I do not belong there. I do not belong to the bedroom either, I sleep there, it is my rest place, my things are there but I don’t belong there. I do not belong to the sitting room, it is a lounging place, I rest there, I watch television. I do not belong to the other room; because I do not know where the other room is in my house except that this other room sounds like the toilet. I can not belong to the toilet. I am a woman and I deserve my rights to be a human being and to be respected.”
Nigeria is a completely sexist Nation. It was stark in comments and attitudes filming unrelated issues around South West, South East and South South Nigeria ; Everyday on the streets, there seems to be some marriage drama. It is only fitting that Mr and Mrs President contribute a juicy quota.
Men who are true role models don’t need to put women down to be powerful. I am Susan Peters and I don’t belong to the kitchen or the other room.
When people like me point out the ills of this Buhari -led administration, they say it’s because I’m a PDP member. This news coming from the wife of the president, a woman who has given 27years of her life to the General should be a pointer to you guys who are hailing a self glorified man who believes in no one but himself. The president is failing and good hearted people will not stop to point it out. I celebrate this brave woman. She just won my WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR refusing to be quiet in the face of impunity!
Aisha Buhari does not belong to the kitchen. Like every other successful career woman in Nigeria, she belongs to the areas where she and her likes can help to build a great nation. From my last check, she is not In Purdah and has been an advocate for the betterment of women. She is vocal about the things she is concerned about, and if you know the kind of man she married, if he did not support her or better put, give her that room, not the other room, to operate, she would not have had the success she had had in her career like she has today. True she is the wife of Mr president. True, he has the right to say where his wife belongs. But don’t be fooled by the hype and brouhaha that had been generated. That is not a woman that is conscripted to a kitchen. That is a very free woman. I had to go read her past interviews to see if she had changed. She hasn’t. She is still vocal, and will always say it as it is. Even those who called her a criminal, wanted in the United States of America, all of a sudden see her as Queen Amina. My take is, Buhari wanted to say, the wife has a right to say what she wants to say but as far as his administration was concerned, her role was limited to those places mentioned (kitchen, living room and the other room). Notice that they don’t share the same bedroom. The main bedroom is different from the other room. When was the last time she made his meals? If you have been to the Presidential villa, they don’t share the same “rooms” SEF! But that said, as a wife, those are the areas of restrictions. But as an advocate… she is at large. Aisha is a citizen without borders.