24th January, 2015
]The wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says her role under her husband’s possible presidency will be limited to traditional functions, such as visiting orphanages and receiving guests.
Maj. General Muhammadu Buhari has said his government will scrap the ‘Office of First Lady’ as it is unconstitutional and a conduit pipe for stealing public fund.
Aisha Buhari defined her role to newsmen on the sidelines of the inaugural meeting of the APC women presidential campaign initiative held in Abuja on Saturday.
According to her, since the office of the first lady does not exist constitutionally, she will limit her roles to the traditional functions of visiting orphanages and caring for society’s downtrodden as the first lady.
“When my husband is elected as the president of this country, he will rule the country within the rule of law based on the constitution of the country.
“If the office of the first lady is constitutionally recognised, he will not tamper with it, but if it is not that’s okay.
“For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria traditionally.
“Wives of presidents have some traditional roles, like receiving guests, visiting orphanages, helping the less privileged people.
“They also lead in the fight for the right of women and malnourished children, infant mortality rate, kidnapping and girl-child trafficking,’’ she said.
While inaugurating of the initiative, Buhari urged the women to unite and cooperate with the men by mobilising women at all levels to ensure success at the February polls.
She urged them to double their efforts in educating other women on how to cast their votes and at the same time be civil in their conducts.
“As I am talking to you now, more than 55 percent of registered voters are women hence, it is imperative to have initiatives like this to mobilise fellow women at the grassroots.
“The meeting will plan campaign activities that will show case the potentials of the women wing in selling the programmes of our great party to the women.
“This will include mobilising women by creating voters awareness, particularly in the area of registration, collection of PVC, identifying the party logo and how to cast their votes,’’ Buhari said.
Also speaking, the wife of the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Mrs Oludolapo Osinbajo stressed the need to assist women and the less privileged in the society.
“I am happy that I am a mother, a wife and a sister. It is time to do more than we have been doing; encourage other women so that we all can be mothers of Nigeria.
“Mothers heal, comfort, nurture, provide, and sacrifice. We have this virtue in us and by the grace of God; we will be given the opportunity to express who we are as women.
“We are the ones who set the standard in the family; We decide whether our children will be honest or dishonest.
“We have this opportunity to effect change, not only to change the things that are happening in this nation, we have the opportunity to change ourselves,’’ Osibanjo said.
Present at the inauguration were the wives of the governors of Rivers, Imo and Nasarawa states, the national coordinator of #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and a host of other APC women and supporters