Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, has stylishly mocked President Muhammadu Buhari over arguments that the Nigerian constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady.
He attacked the president on Thursday at the public presentation of the biography of Aisha Buhari, wife of the President.
The event took place at the Conference Centre, State House, Abuja.
While he did not outrightly mention Buhari, this newspaper recalled that in an interview he granted to Weekly Trust in December 2014, the president had said he would not have an office of the First Lady should he emerge as President.
He gave as his reason the fact that the office is not provided for in the constitution, and suggested that the Ministry for Women Affairs should be allowed to play its role unhindered.
But Tinubu said on Thursday that “Given the First Lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a First Lady any longer. Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the First Lady. With Mrs Dr Aisha Buhari, their concerns have been forever laid to rest.
“First Lady has played an uplifting, unifying role both in symbol and substance. She has been a voice of conscience calling us to be of our better self for the good of the nation and for the vulnerable among us,” Tinubu said.
Before now, Aisha had said that it was Tinubu who convinced her to join the campaign train of Buhari which explained the closeness between the duo.
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