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Buhari won't scrap First Lady's office -Wife

By The Citizen
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The wife of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Mrs Aisha Buhari, says her husband will not tamper with the office of the 'first lady,' if it is constitutionally recognised.

Buhari told newsmen on the sidelines of the inaugural meeting of the APC women presidential campaign initiative held in Abuja on Saturday.

Wife of the APC presidential flag-bearer was reacting to her husband's promise to scrap the office of the first lady because it was unconstitutional and alleged conduit pipe for stealing public funds.

According to her, where such does not exist constitutionally, she will limit her roles to the traditional functions of visiting orphanages and caring for society's downtrodden as the first lady.

She said, 'When my husband is elected as the president of this country, he will rule the country within the rule of law based on the constitution of the country.

'If the office of the first lady is constitutionally recognised, he will not tamper with it, but if it is not, that's okay.

'For me, I will perform my duties and role as the wife of the President of Nigeria traditionally. Wives of presidents have some traditional roles, like receiving guests, visiting orphanages, helping the less privileged people.

'They also lead in the fight for the right of women and malnourished children, infant mortality rate, fight against kidnapping and girl-child trafficking.'

While inaugurating the initiative, Buhari urged the women to unite and cooperate with the men by mobilising women at all levels to ensure success at the February polls.

She urged them to double their efforts in educating other women on how to cast their votes and at the same time be civil in their conducts.

Mrs. Buhari added, 'As I am talking to you now, more than 55 per cent of registered voters are women hence, it is imperative to have initiatives like this to mobilise fellow women at the grassroots.

'The meeting will plan campaign activities that will showcase the potential of the women wing in selling the programmes of our great party to the women.

'This will include mobilising women by creating voters awareness, particularly in the area of registration, collection of PVC, identifying the party logo and how to cast their votes.' NAN