The Nigerian leader has been widely criticised for saying his wife, Aisha, belongs in his kitchen and ‘the other room’, in response to the first lady’s public criticism of the president’s appointments.
Mrs. Dokubo in a video post on her Instagram page disagreed with the President’s comment saying she doesn’t belong to any part of her home rather she lives there.
“My name is Hilda Dokubo and I am a woman. I do not belong to the kitchen, I go to the kitchen to fix food for my family and myself.
We eat there sometimes but I do not belong there. I do not belong to the bedroom either, I sleep there, it is my rest place, my things are there but I don’t belong there. I do not belong to the sitting room, it is a lounging place, I rest there, I watch television.”
Mr. Buhari’s aide, Garba Shehu, said hours after the president made the statement at a press briefing in Berlin that he was only joking.
However, the president countered the explanation by his media aide and explained his stance, saying his wife should stay out of politics.
When he was asked by German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to clarify his earlier comments, Mr. 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 that even if she’s working,” he said when the interviewer, Phil Gayle, asked him to clarify his controversial comments.
Visibly upset, and in a much higher tone, Mrs. Dokubo said “I do not belong to the other room; because I do not know where the other room is in my house except that this other room sounds like the toilet. I can not belong to the toilet. I am a woman I deserve my rights to be a human being and to be respected.”