Day 8: Countdown to Aisha Buhari’s apology #GuessWhoWasMissingInConference

Last week, the Lagos State government had announced that the first lady will grace the 16th National Women Conference (NWC) by Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) as Mother of the day and also declare the event open. The conference started yesterday, October 24th.

This would have been her first major appearance in Nigeria since you know what. We were even doubly stoked about this because the theme of this year’s event is ‘Strong Family; Strong Nation.’

But here’s what she got up to yesterday:

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We had looked forward to all that she’d say at this conference. We even dared to think of how she’d subtly address all those who dared to come at her for challenging some of the President’s decisions so far. Well, she had other plans.

She was however represented at the event by the wife of Imo State governor, Mrs Nneoma Okorocha. Mrs Okorocha gave an opening address in her name and as we read the address, we came to the realisation that all of it might actually be deliberate. In the address, she admonished that “we must continue to emphasise the importance of strong family values.”

According to her, “poverty, crime and declining school performance are some of the challenges a country could face when families are not cohesive.”

Speaking on the merits of the conference, she commended it as “an intellectual and philanthropic association, established to complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government to improve the welfare and well-being” of the people.

“The conference also provides a forum for women to deliberate on issues that affect us, our families, communities and the nation at large.”

The wife of the President is definitely not joking about this message of hers.

We were going to hammer her for not being there in person but now we are wondering if her absence at the event and then sharing her activities are not all deliberate.

Here she is in the company of the wife of the former governor of Bayelsa State, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and one of the most politically active women in Nigerian politics, Mrs Toyin Saraki while Mrs Okorocha delivered her message about how as women, the “core concern should be how we can make a positive impact on ourselves as women and our society.” 

They were probably discussing how to get the current administration back on track in line what the fifteen point something million people people who voted want. (With Speaker Dogara? Yeah we know.)

In the absence of  reports on what was discussed at the airport lounge, we will conclude once again that rather than be verbose, Mrs Aisha has communicated her message in action.

 

 

 

 

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