Aisha Buhari is the current first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a position gained when her husband, Muhammadu Buhari, became the president of Nigeria on March 29, 2015.
Early Life & Education
Aisha Buhari was born on 17 February 1971 in the north-eastern state of Adamawa. Her grandfather, Muhammadu Ribadu, was Nigeria’s first Minister of Defence. She had both primary and secondary education in Adamawa before proceeding to Kaduna for her post-secondary education.
She attended the famous Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna, and there she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. She also obtained a master’s degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari also holds other credentials to her name from different institutes. She obtained a Diploma in Beauty Therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom, where she specialized in Permanent Make-up, mesotherapy and micro dermabrasion. She earned a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France, and she is currently undertaking a counseling Course on Co-Dependency in the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Buhari has had a career in beauty, fashion, and public service.
She spear-headed the Hanzy Spa and Principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a beauty shop located in both Kaduna and Abuja. She is a Resource agent to the National Basic Technical Education (NBTE) on Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, and also a member of the United Kingdom Vocational Training and Charitable Trust and the International Health and Beauty Council. She also has a book to her credit titled, “Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists”.
She has in time past advocated for women and children’s rights, especially the right of the girl-child to education as well as condemnation of child marriage.
Also, during her husband’s presidential campaign, she pledged that her husband’s administration will treat women fairly, improving their rights, and ensuring that they are no longer treated as door mats. Some weeks after her husband was sworn into office, Aisha Buhari met with the mothers of the missing Chibok girls, sympathized with them, having revealed that she had longed to meet with them.
She has also been one of the voices calling on Nigerians to show support to malnourished internally displaced children in the north.
Also, she founded the Future Assured initiative to tackle problems faced by women and children in society.
Mrs. Aisha Buhari married President Muhammadu Buhari on December 2, 1989. Prior to his marriage to Aisha, President Buhari was married to Hajia Safinatu. The two went their separate ways after he was released from prison during the Ibrahim Babangida regime. They had five children, two of whom are now late. President Muhammadu and Aisha Buhari also have five children together, Halima, Zahra, Yusuf, Aisha, and Amina, three of whom recently graduated from the university.
In 2014 after alleged assassination attempt on her husband, Mrs. Buhari called for the resignation of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari’s predecessor.