In the heat of last year’s presidential campaign in February last year, then First Lady Patience Jonathan said in a political rally: “We have been in the cages for too long, we do not want to go back there. What is the hope for women when everything she does is bad for the opposition? They want us to go back to the kitchen”. The opposition presidential candidate was Muhammadu Buhari.
That warning came back to haunt Nigerian women when President Buhari, standing next to Chancellor Angela Merkel (possibly the most powerful woman in the world), said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room”.
CNN called it a “blatantly sexist remark”. The Washington Post called it “tasteless”. Sky News said Merkel “glared” at Buhari when he made the offensive statement. She was probably thinking of throwing the kitchen sink at the neanderthal Nigerian president.
Nigerians on social media reacted with outrage at the president’s comments as patience for him has been running out for some time now. Wherever she is, most unlikely to be in Goodluck Jonathan’s kitchen, Patience Jonathan must be thinking “I told you so”, as Buhari makes a dog’s breakfast of running Nigeria and women equality.