“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room”- President Muhammadu Buhari (2016)
I am certain that you’ve all been updated on the Nigerian President’s current statement concerning his wife who granted an interview in which she stated her decision of not likely supporting her husband in his presidential reelection if he doesn’t shake things up. What’s wrong with her having a say, or an opinion whether as a wife or citizen? Do not forget that he also claimed a superior knowledge over his wife, as he succeeded in becoming Nigeria’s president on his fourth attempt. Everything Sexist!!!
Firstly, one shouldn’t label, quantify, restrict or confine a woman to the kitchen, bedroom or whatsoever. By doing so, it shows how far he objectifies and views her, and perhaps how some African men define women. I find it absurd that in this 21st century, such statement can be made.
In a discussion with a close relative, he states that the statement made against the wife depicts the view that his wife should have no public opinion of his leadership. This shouldn’t be true. Why should he consider her views as invalid now after all her well known campaigns of supporting his presidency? A lot of Nigerians are suffering, and there’s an increasing rate of death among both old and young. If Nigerians aren’t blind, why should wife be blind to her husband’s leadership? It’s illogical to consider another four years of hardship in this present time.
In some Northerners home, a woman is denied most or all forms of education, and is subjected to body masking and all sorts of other things. She is confined behind closed doors and from the statement made, it still depicts that not much has changed in recent times. Such statement cannot be made in the Western world because an apology would have been tendered a long time ago and any things would have gone wrong. Unlike here in Africa where it is believed to be a man’s world; An African man’s world and his mentality concerning women.
Some people are of the opinion that the President may have responded out of frustration and anger, however one shouldn’t forget that sincere or earnest responses are made during such times, besides there’s n. Like Ambrose Bierce said “Speak when you are angry and you would make the best speech you will ever regret”. Over to you, what’s your take on the President controversial statement?