the interview, she revealed some information about herself and her
husband that a lot of people may not know. For instance, the fact that
she is a professional esthetician and the humorous side of her husband’s
personality that the public rarely gets to see. See excerpts below:
I have been married to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for twenty five years now and we are blessed with children and a grandchild.
husband is a family-oriented person. He has very close relationships
with his children, grandchild, and entire members of the family. He is
very caring and protective of us.
Getting a busy person like my husband with so many demands and
responsibilities to rest is a herculean task, particularly in this
political period. His schedule is always so tight; being in one meeting
or the other at home or in the office.
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is a very humorous person and enjoys
listening to comic stories. Whenever he cracks jokes you will laugh till
you shed tears.
Actually, I’m a very busy person but doing my things quietly. I
keep to my profession as an esthetician, managing my spa and beauty
institute both in Kaduna and Abuja. I also personally perform some
advanced facial treatments like mesotherapy, gold facial and application
of TCA etc. I have a number of documentations on my experience in this
area including writing a book titled “The Essentials of Beauty Therapy.”
Also, I have been busy with my studies, doing one programme or the
other. Before my Master’s Degree in International Affairs &
Strategic Studies from Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), I also obtained a
Diploma in Beauty Therapy both in the United Kingdom.
As we all know, Nigerian women have come of age and giving them
such opportunity like education will enable them excel. An educated
woman holds the key to her future, her family, and the society. My
husband believes in women’s education. He encouraged me to pursue my
educational goals. I’m sure Nigerian women know the truth that he is a
gender sensitive leader and will vote for him against all the political
propaganda to discredit him. He insisted during his time as Head of
State, that every council should have a female representative.
I don’t think there is need for any special preparation to be in
the spotlight as wife of the president, because I will be like any other
woman. However, for the kind of preparation you are referring to,
having been married to a former president for over 25 years, and knowing
his principles and what he believes as an honest and upright person, I
will only pursue issues that will promote the welfare of the masses.
Most of the programmes implemented by Nigerian first ladies are
based on humanitarian circumstances and are morally motivating to serve
people. I may not come up with any major programme, rather; I will
support many brilliant humanitarian ongoing efforts by several
organizations. There are salient issues that will need support for those
championing these causes. On that note, I will support any group with
such genuine causes.
On why Nigerians should vote for Buhari
The records of his achievements in all the positions he occupied
are there, based on honesty, transparency, dedication, and commitment to
the progress of Nigeria. The situation we find ourselves now requires a
courageous person like him to salvage our nation.