In the space of just two weeks, First Lady Aisha Buhari has spoken out unequivocally on a few knotty issues she feels strongly about. Her views have, however, been controversial. In one, two Fridays ago, she berated governors who were expected to ameliorate the conditions of the people but had seemed to abandon their states to squalor and poverty.
Her husband alone, she continued sensibly, could not solve the country’s developmental problems without the complementary actions of other state actors. Her opinion was instantly interpreted as a condemnatory analysis of the ineffectiveness of governors, to which the spokesman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulrazaque Barkindo, replied that the first lady’s barbs were actually meant for everyone, not just the governors.
The first lady had remarked at a Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) General Assembly and National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that “We should either fasten our seatbelts…