President Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians “change” while running for president. In line with the “change” mantra, we were told that the official title of “First Lady” for his wife had to go.
This was probably in order to rid the country of the haughtiness that former “First Lady” Patience Jonathan brought to what was an unofficial role. But this “change” turned out to be in name only. Buhari’s wife Aisha became known as “the wife of the president” instead of “First Lady”. She continued to maintain an “Office of the Wife of the President” just like Mrs Jonathan had for the “First Lady”.
While Jonathan was in power, Naijiant.com questioned why Mrs Jonathan was allowed to have a seal. We argued: “She has no business using our coat of arms for a position that is not official and not recognised by the constitution. This is beyond ridiculous and is megalomania that smacks of Marie Antoinette in the last days of the French aristocracy, just before the French Revolution put an end to their stupidity and nauseating insensitivity towards the plight of their people.”
Now, Aisha Buhari has continued with this nonsense, with a seal for the “Wife of the President”. Not to be outdone, Dolapo Osinbajo, the wife of the Vice President has got hers too!
But Michelle Obama, the wife of the president of the most powerful nation on earth does not have her own seal.
Nobody elected these Nigerian wives. The Nigerian coat of arms and seal should be for official positions and not be misused by Aso Rock Wives or Lekki Wives. The wives may have their husbands’ seal of approval, but Nigerians should disapprove of un-elected spouses mounting podiums with official emblems for positions that do not exist officially.