Office of the first lady, Aisha Buhari, has described as ‘unfair’ a cartoon critical of her conduct regarding the recent wedding of one of her daughters.
Hanan, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, got married to Mohammed Turad, son to Mahmud Sani Sha’aban, a former lawmaker, last Friday.
Aisha Buhari shared photos of the couple on her official Instagram page @aishambuhari. She also expressed gratitude to those who attended the event and well-wishers for their goodwill messages.
In the cartoon image by Daily Trust’s cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama,, Aisha was captured flaunting pictures from Hanan’s wedding to several Nigerians struggling to escape being drowned in a river and telling them “at least you can enjoy the pictures.”
The First Lady’s spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, told BBC on Monday, September 7 that she tried to make the event as low key as possible to prevent the backlash that eventually came.
“The cartoonist did not put Mrs Buhari in the right perspective with his drawing. Her daughter’s wedding has nothing to do with the present hardship Nigerians are facing. And let me tell you that the first lady told all her aides not to make the wedding a big one because it was going to be a low key event.
“And again, the wedding pictures Aisha shared on her social media pages were pictures shot after the wedding parties. Also, the video that was going around the social media were videos that were shot in Zaria at the grooms’ residence, not at the presidency,” Abdullahi said.
He said the First Lady shared photos from the ceremony simply to thank well wishers and was not done with insensitivity to the current plight of Nigerians.