By Temitope Owotoki
Five years after then candidate Muhammadu Buhari said there would be no office of the first lady for his wife,
Aisha, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, announced her decision to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Since Buhari’s first term inauguration as president, the presidency has referred to Mrs Buhari’s office has ‘office of the wife of the president.’
Mrs Buhari, however, said her new title would take effect immediately. She said this would also resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.
Mrs Buhari disclosed her new official title at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of governors of the 36 states.
The event held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“When my husband was elected newly I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.
“But, I realised that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.
“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.