This is not the first time president Muhammadu Buhari is making a controversial statement, several of which had caused an uproar across the media.
The most recent, where he said his wife Aisha belongs to his Kitchen, sitting room and the other room [bedroom], has been criticised time and again by people who countered his ideology.
However, the Imo State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, has urged Nigerians to stop criticising President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that his response to his wife’s BBC interview was taken out of context.
The matter sprung up when the First Lady told BBC that unless Buhari starts implementing the change he promised, she would not support his re-election in 2019.
As the president’s way of playing down on his wife for selling him out, he made the controversial statement which implied that she should stick to her homely duties as a wife and stay out of his political affairs.
Gov. Okorocha spoke to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, October 16, saying Nigerians need to be cautious in their reactions to the President’s statement.He said:
“I was there when the president made the comment and both the wife’s interview and the President’s comment were taken out of context.
“I can understand why international community speaks on this matter. It is because of woman’s rights and all that that is going on right now in the whole world.
“I tend to believe that Nigerians will understand the situation better than any other persons in the world. I do not think that those were the intentions, as being described by all and sundry and those condemning the act.
“If there is a clarion call to say ‘Mr President look into your cabinet and bring in more people’, there is nothing wrong for Mr. President to take note of the comment by people. That is not really the situation that should create a big hullabaloo.”
However, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had last Friday trivialized Buhari’s statement, saying it a mere joke. Shehu wrote on Twitter:
“My friends, can’t a leader get a sense humour anymore? Mr. President laughed before that statement was made.”
This may not be a joke as the President made another controversial statement to buttress his point on the former in an interview with Phil Gayle of Deutsche-Welle in Germany.
When asked to explain what he meant in his earlier statement about his wife, Buhari said:
“I am sure you have a house. You know where your kitchen is, you know where your living room is, and I believe your wife looks after all of that, even if she is working.
“That is your wife’s function? The journalist asked.
The President responded: “Yes, to look after me.”