Aisha Buhari, Patience Jonathan and Reno Omokri… | Our winners and losers from #TheOtherRoom scandal

Aisha Buhari

by Joachim MacEbong

In the case involving President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Aisha, and everyone who has tried to take sides on this matter of kitchens, main rooms, and not forgetting the other room, – YNaija has reached a verdict on the winners and losers.

On the losing side is the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, the President, and Garba Shehu. Meanwhile it’s the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Patience Jonathan, and a host of others on the winning side. Let’s tell you why…


Aisha Buhari: Make no mistake, the interview she granted the BBC was in very bad taste. In terms of style and substance, it failed every measure of what is expected from a First Lady. She weaponised her misgivings with how her husband is running the country, and converted it into a football to be kicked about everywhere. She seems more concerned with who is and who isn’t in her husband’s circle, rather than the results they are producing. That’s just not good enough.

Muhammadu Buhari: The President managed to provide one of the few responses worse than his wife’s interview. While standing next to one of the most powerful women in the world, Nigeria’s President said his own wife belongs in the kitchen. In so doing, he gave an insight into a mind that some have warned about. More on that later.

Garba Shehu: There are many times in the last 18 months where Mr Shehu would have been better off keeping his counsel on Twitter, and his attempt to pass his principal’s comments as ‘banter’ is probably at the top of that list. Enough said.


Patience Jonathan: In the heat of the 2015 election campaign, Patience Jonathan declared that women should not vote for Buhari because he would send them back to the kitchen. Perhaps she can tell us when Nigeria will win a World Cup, since she is a prophetess.

Ayo Fayose, Reno Omokri, Femi Fani-Kayode et al: While this lot have never really covered themselves in glory, they have been spot on with their assessment of Buhari as someone who has a few too many outdated viewpoints, and is probably even a hateful person.

The BBC: For not bowing to pressure and releasing the recording of the interview, despite what was, by all accounts, a lot of pressure from the Presidency, is worthy of commendation. A Nigerian outlet would probably have suppressed it, and that is sad to think about.

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