BERLIN OCTOBER 14, 2016 – President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday dismissed criticism voiced by his wife Aisha Buhari in a BBC interview, saying she belonged in the kitchen and he had “superior knowledge” about running a government.
“I don’t know exactly what party my wife belongs to. Actually she belongs in the kitchen, the living room and the other rooms in my house,” Buhari told reporters with a chuckle after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Buhari’s wife told the BBC in an interview published on Friday that she might not back her husband in the next election unless he shakes up his government.
Her husband, a 73-year-old former military ruler, was elected last year after a campaign largely fought on his pledge to crush the Islamist militant group Boko Haram and crack down on corruption. He also served on the country’s supreme court.
Nigeria, which has Africa’s largest economy, is in recession for the first time in 25 years, largely due to a fall global oil prices that has slashed the state’s main source of income.
Buhari said his government was continuing to fight to combat major economic, security and corruption problems it inherited.
He said the government had made strides in fighting Boko Haram, which is now active in just 14 of 177 regions of the country, and was working to combat militant groups in the Niger Delta.