The Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu yesterday eulogised the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, for her noble role in national politics.
Osinbajo said wife of the President, Aisha Buhari normally aired her annoyance and personal struggles in a manner probably unprecedented in the role of First Lady anywhere.
Tinubu also said the First Lady had proven the need for the office of first lady in Nigeria.
He said contrary to the criticism of those who opposed the office, Aisha had been a voice of conscience in carrying out her role as first lady.
Osinbajo and Tinubu spoke during the public presentation of a book on the First Lady, titled “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” which held at the State House Banquet Hall, Abuja.
According to the Vice-President, the book on the First Lady was not just an important addition to the literary canon on public life and Nigerian biographical history, it was a window into the credible efforts of the First Lady in empowering Nigerians.
Osinbajo stated that, “with her views forthright, crisp, truthful and every once in a while, controversial, she has established an ongoing conversation with the Nigerian people on the issues that concern them most, issues that concern us the most: good governance, security, putting food on the table, education of our children, prompt payment of pensions to army veterans, and drug abuse, violation and victimization of women.
“She airs her own personal struggles, her annoyance, in a manner probably unprecedented in the role of First Lady anywhere.
“There is no question that Aisha Buhari is different; her difference has been empowering for the Nigerian people and there is never any question that her comments come from a good place, a place of genuine love and respect for the Nigerian people and our several concerns.”
According Osibanjo, the book was a “detailed and sensitive chronicle of her childhood years and her growth as a woman, wife and mother.”
He added that it “it also highlights her evolution from a silent supporter of her husband’s political adventures to an active mobilizer and campaigner that played a major role in selling him to the Nigerian electorate. Then we also read in the book, how as First Lady, she founded the “Future Assured” initiative, promoting the welfare of women, youth and children, driven by the Aisha Buhari Foundation.”
Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu described Mrs. Buhari as a voice of conscience who has appealed to all in the political space to give better services to the nation.
He noted that the President’s wife has played both uplifting and unifying roles across the country.
Tinibu who was chairman at the book presentation, recalled the First Lady’s contributions to the 2015 presidential campaigns, which culminated in the then candidate Buhari’s eventual victory and the current functioning of the Presidency.
“The First Lady has played an uplifting, unifying role, both in symbol and substance. She has been a voice of conscience, calling us to be our better selves for the good of the nation and for the betterment of the weakest, the most vulnerable among us.
“As such, she has been a strong pillar of support, not only to the President but also to the Nigerian people whom they both serve with such patriotic commitment and high purpose,” Tinubu said.
The APC National Leader appraised the role of Mrs. Buhari in the national political space, giving a verdict that she has done well.
“The role of the First Lady is instrumental to our society and to how a great number of our people relate to government. Custom and tradition may call to her in a certain way. Yet, the issues of the day may call to her in another.
“First Lady Aisha Buhari has done a masterful job, melding the calls of tradition and the imperatives of today into a creative, benevolent role that has enriched society and the art of governance.
“Many political thinkers argue that the state or country is nothing but a social extension or evolution of the family. As such, if the President is the father of the national family, his spouse becomes the mother of that family.
“This is why (the late) Chief Obafemi Awolowo once praised the then First Lady, Mrs. Victoria Gowon, by saying: ‘The hands that rock the cradle, so goes the wise saying, rule the nation.’”