Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Saturday said despite her present status as mother of the nation, she still cooks her husband’s meal personally.
She gave this hint when she hosted children from different parts of the country in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to a party to mark the Eid-el-Fitri celebration at the Banquet Hall of the presidential villa, Abuja.
After watching some of the children engaged in dance, beauty and other competitions, Mrs. Buhari excused herself half way in course of the party, saying she needed to go home and prepare dinner for her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I’m going to leave you soon. I want to go back home to cook for my husband because my children are here playing with you. Nobody is at home, only my husband. So, I want to go back home to be with him and also cook dinner for him”, the president’s wife said.
Wives of former president’s in the country had always allow the plethora of chefs and stewards employed to work in their official residence to do the cooking for the first family, while they assume the status of First Lady, with retinue of aides surrounding them.
Rather than maintaining the office and engage herself on pet projects that keep her away from her husband, given her present status, Mrs. Buhari chose not to be addressed as First Lady of Nigeria when her husband assumed office as president.
Speaking further at the event which attracted a large number of children and their parents, the president’s wife asked the children to be thankful to God that they were here celebrating the Sallah with her, unlike many other less privileged children out there without the necessary things of life to cater for themselves.
She noted that the Sallah party organised by her, among other reasons, underscored the importance the present administration led by her husband attaches to the welfare, protection and development of Nigerian children.
Mrs. Buhari said, “On occasions like this, we celebrate with Nigerian children, especially the less privileged, including those in the various internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camp. We love, appreciate and share with their present situation.
“The reason for this is to promote warm interaction and sharing what we have with one another. On this note particularly, we decided to celebrate with all children from different background”.
Urging the children to be obedient to their parents, teachers and their seniors, she implored them to help their parents in doing household chores, even as she enjoined them enjoy the holiday, bearing in mind that they must also read their books and avoid bad company.
“The future of this great country lies in your hands. You are to compliment the efforts of government by working very hard in school and be obedient to your parents. Tomorrow you may become president, the president’s wife, Senator, honourable members, governors, medical doctors, teacher, journalist, engineer, nurse, lawyer and the rest of other honourable professions”, she added.
Aisha also urged parents to ensure that they encourage their children to work hard at home and in school by monitoring them closely.
Other children who attended the party are those from orphanages and internally displaced persons’ camp.
Also in attendance were the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Taraba Sate, Senator Aisha Alhassan and wife of former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Silva, among others.