Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has reportedly dumped the appellation, “wife of the president,” by which she has been addressed since 2015 when her husband assumed office, and will now be referred to as “First Lady”.
According to Tribune, Aisha disclosed this at an award night and dinner in honour of outgoing and incoming Governors’ wives at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja on Thursday night.
Even though she had performed the role of the First Lady throughout her husband’s first tenure, she had stuck to the “Wife of the President” title in line with Buhari’s pre-election promise that there would be no office of the First Lady.
She said her new title ‘First Lady’ 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.
It was gathered that this may also apply in all the states of the federation where governors’ spouses had been addressed as “Wife of the Governor.”