Nigeria's president: My wife belongs "in the kitchen"

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said his wife has no place in politics, after she gave an interview to the BBC saying she might not support him in the next election.

"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other rooms in my house," Buhari said in response to a journalist's question at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday.

The disparaging comment provoked a smirk from Merkel.

Aisha Buhari told the BBC that she would be unable to support her husband on the next campaign trail unless he changes the course of the current government.

Muhammadu Buhari had received "complaints upon complaints" about his ministerial appointments, Aisha Buhari said.  

Many top officials were not even aware of the ruling party's manifesto. "They don't have a mission, they don't have a vision," she told the broadcaster.

"If it continues like this, I am not going to be part of any [election] movement again," she said, adding that her husband was aware of her position on the matter.

Buhari, 73, was elected president of Africa's most populous nation of 183 million people in 2015.

The former military leader had focused his electoral campaign on the crackdown against corruption in the oil-rich nation and the fight against Islamist terrorist group Boko Harm. His wife had actively campaigned alongside him.

Nigeria's next presidential election is scheduled for 2019.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 16:39

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