Nigeria’s first lady is a woman of many parts; if nothing at all, she has proven that she can’t be cowed by the high profile political miscalculations going on around her ailing husband, Muhammadu Buhari.
Aisha Buhari isn’t one that bluffs or makes vain accusations. When she talks politics, her accusations are weighty and too sensitive to ignore for a government that understands the role of the first lady in a kitchen cabinet.
The first lady had shown at least in the outer space that she’s not overwhelmed neither intoxicated b the power of her position, she just wants to say things the way she sees them.
Unfortunately, the President himself is apparently threading an unfamiliar political terrain and could unconsciously play himself outcome 2019. Ex-president Goodluck Jonathan knows what I am talking about here.
The first time Aisha Buhari raised an alarm about a paradigm shift in the running of affairs in Aso Rock, her husband, October 13, 2016, was in Germany and while the Chancellor, Angela Merkel watched in disbelief, President Buahri said his wife belongs to the other room and the kitchen.
Again, on July 10, 2017, while President Buhari was away in what is now habitual medical check up in London, Aisha Buhari made a proverbial statement on the invasion of jackals and hyenas in the absence of the president.
And most recently, October 9, 2017, she shocked everyone with an indicting statement of the condition of State House hospital and added that there should be a probe into why there is no Syringe in the clinic that is supposed to have patience like the President, his cabinet and the member of the legislative arms.
The reason President Buhari keeps running out of the country for medical treatment is just clear after this revelation. If there’s an imperfect living condition everywhere in the country, the Aso Rock, the seat of the number one man of the most populous black nation in the world should be a near perfect one.
If the Aso Rock has a health facility that is as bad as described by the first lady, it is clear why Bere in Ibadan and thousands of its dwellers would not get a good primary health centre; it’s clear why some local governments in Enugu cannot boast of a well equipped primary health centre and why we continue to have ancient ailments in 21st century like polio, cholera, measles, monkeypox in faraway north and South South.
How then do we pass a law to stop medical tourism when there is no way good enough to treat the most ‘important’ people in Nigeria?
The President should probably considering making his first Lady a minister in charge of special duties to help expose the many anomaly around him that his health is probably not allowing him take care of.