Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has submitted that First Lady Aisha Buhari has been able to successfully live above the challenges of “this gilded cage otherwise known as the Presidency.”
Fayemi made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja while speaking on the frankness and candour of Mrs. Buhari which he noted has attracted many Nigerians to her.
The Ekiti State Governor who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum spoke during the public presentation of Mrs. Buhari’s biography titled “Aisha Buhari: Being Different,” which was written by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration and Women Affairs, Dr Hajo Sani.
According to him, many who may find themselves in similar positions like that of the First Lady could have been overwhelmed by the peculiarities of the environment but Mrs. Buhari is not one to be silenced.
The Governor who spoke glowingly about Mrs. Buhari, noted that the courage, selflessness, and commitment of the First Lady to her beliefs despite several oppositions and challenges has made it possible for her to live above the gilded cage of the presidency.
In his words, “If you are looking for the voice of the voiceless, the defender of the defenceless, if you are looking for candour, courage, for commitment, you have no other place to go than in the direction of her Excellency, the First Lady of the Federal Republic (of Nigeria), Dr Aisha Buhari.
“Yes, that candour may appear in a manner of indiscretion. Some might even argue that when you are in this gilded cage otherwise known as the Presidency, you are not supposed to be seen to say some things but I think it is in that candour that we have authenticity of our First Lady and that is what endears her to majority of Nigerians, that is also what being different is about.”
He added, “When some people say, ‘Oh, why is she speaking? Why is she defending the defenceless? Why does she demonstrate courage of conviction?’ I will advise that they go and read this book and see the role she played leading up to the process itself, particularly in the aftermath of the 2003 unsuccessful efforts to the presidency and subsequent ones in 2007 and 2011 how she mobilized a very weak and tired supporters and rebuild the movement of our President to the Presidency.”
As previously reported by Naija News, the occasion was chaired by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Meanwhile, Nigerian doctors have knocked the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, for disparaging them and spreading falsehood about the ongoing industrial action.
The doctors made this known in a communique issued at the end of a virtual extraordinary National Executive Council meeting of NARD on Wednesday.
According to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), there is no going back on their resolve to continue its strike until all their demands are met.
The association also mocked Ngige, who received stupendous allowances while serving as a senator, for justifying the government’s refusal to increase the hazard allowances of doctors.