Mrs. Aisha Buhari, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She revealed that she personally chose to be called the wife of the president instead of First Lady in her husband’s first term from 2015 – 2019.
According to her, her decision to change her title was due to the confusion in states as to whether the wives of governors should be addressed as first ladies or the wives of the governors since she (the president’s wife) is being addressed as the wife of the president.
“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 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of the 36 governors.
Buhari had during the build-up of the 2015 general elections said that he would not have an office of the first lady because it is not recognized in the constitution.