Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Aisha Buhari’s achievement has proven the need for the Office of the First Lady in the country.
Tinubu, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja at the book launch of Aisha’s biography titled, ‘Aisha Buhari: Being Different’, described the First Lady as the voice of conscience reminding politicians about vulnerable Nigerians.
President Muhammadu Buhari, when he was campaigning in 2014, had promised that his administration will not run an office of the first lady because it is not provided for in the constitution.
However, his wife has been carrying out ceremonial roles with the help of government-appointed aides.
The former Lagos governor, said the impact of Aisha as the First Lady has laid to rest the concerns of those who once argued that the office is illegal.
“Given the first lady’s achievement, no one can reasonably question the role of a first lady any longer,” Tinubu said.
“Remember that there were those who argued that the constitution does not assign any official role to the first lady. With Mrs Dr. Aisha Buhari, their concerns have been forever laid to rest.
“(The) first lady has played an uplifting, unifying role both in symbol and substance. She has been a voice of conscience calling us to be of our better self for the good of the nation and for the vulnerable among us.”