Nigeria’s New First Lady, Aisha Buhari: 8 Things To Know About The President-Elect’s Wife
konknaijaboy | On 22, Apr 2015
Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in May 29, which means there will be a new first lady of Nigeria at the presidential villa, Aso Rock in Abuja. Although there is no official role for the spouse of Nigeria’s elected ruler, the wife of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has notoriously played a very public part in Nigerian politics.
The incoming first lady, Aisha Buhari, stayed out of the public eye for much of the election campaign. But she will be able to exercise a different style of influence from Patience Jonathan, the current first lady of Nigeria. Here are eight things to know about the new first lady and the wife of Nigeria’s president-elect:
1. Aisha, now 44, married her husband in 1989 after Buhari, now 72, divorced his first wife. The couple have five children together, Agence France-Presse said.
2. She was born Hajiya Aisha Halilu into the family of Nigeria’s first defense minister, Mohammadu Ribadu, in Adamawa state. Aisha was raised by Fulani traditions and customs, Naij news site said. The Fulani people are an Islamic African ethnic group spread across West Africa, primarily northern Nigeria.
3. Aisha is an educated woman who speaks fluent English and Arabic. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Ahmadu Bello University, the largest university in Nigeria and the second-largest in Africa. She later received diplomas and training in cosmetology and beauty from institutions in Paris and London. Aisha is currently a graduate student of international affairs and strategic planning, Vanguard news in Lagos said.
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