President Buhari’s latest past time seems to be some weird determination to irk Nigerians. What else can explain his recent sexist comments against his wife, Aisha Buhari, from far away Germany and his subsequent ill-advised decision to stand by them?
Or so I thought. Until I stumbled on President Francois Hollande in the News and realised that Trump is not the only person our President has been taking lessons from. President Francois Hollande, who was succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as the French President in 2012, has also been feeling the heat from the press as a result of number of brazenly reckless statements credited to him.
Just like President Buhari, Hollande has also put out a tell-all book that has ruffled feathers across his country. In his book, he accuses the French justices system of being a “cowardly institution” and called out judicial officers for “keeping theory heads down”, says that France has a problem with Islam, that French footballers are “ill-mannered kids who had made too much money without any preparation” and that “morally, Benzema is not an example”.
As expected, the book has generated a lot of controversy but the point departure will be that Francoise Hollande claims to “deeply regret” some of these words. He tried to quench the fires started by his judicial system comments on Friday with the excuse that he had been misinterpreted.
We already know what President Buhari said about his wife’s kitchen role. Well, in Hollande’s case, his hostilities with ex-wife, Valerie Trierweiler have run longer than Buhari’s week-long scandal. In his book he referred to Valerie as an “unhappy woman”.
Well Valerie has a different outlook than Aisha Buhari. Her swipe back was in the form of a picture on her posted to her Twitter which read: “I’m too sexy for my ex”.
Our own scandals can’t compare.