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Call me ‘first lady’ not ‘Wife of the President’ – Aisha Buhari clarifies

Amadin Ogbewe



Aisha Buhari has come out to say she would prefer to be referred to as ‘the First Lady’ rather than ‘Wife of the President’ as she formerly wanted. 

She now wants to be called First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with immediate effect. 

She made the declaration on Thursday night, at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states.

Aisha said that the former term had led to some confusion as to how Governor’s wives should address themselves. She said she chose the new title to simplify things again. 

She said her new title would take effect immediately in order to also resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.

“When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.

But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors. So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.

READ: My second tenure will be tough – President Buhari 

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