By Uche Mbah
Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has been conspicuously absent with her family at the ongoing political rallies by the All Progressives Congress, APC, thereby raising eyebrows as to the reason for her absence.
It will be recalled that Mrs Buhari has been vocal in the criticism of the government she is part of, alleging that the Presidency has been hijacked by two people. The Media has dubbed the two unidentified people as members of the Cabal.
Since that remark, Aisha has been scarce in public appearance. The last recalled public appearance was when she visited cross River state, where the Wife of the governor and the wife of former governor Godswil Akpabio fought over the order of protocol to receive her.
Since then, most engagements expected to be led by her have usually been done by a representative. She hardly appears in person.
But this Magazine has been informed that she has been in was in Germany for treatment of an undisclosed illness. “She was receiving treatment in the same hospital that her son was treated. She has been hospitalized for some time, but currently, she is no longer there. Her where about is currently unknown”,this magazine was informed by a source who should be in the know.
Be that as it may, her absence appears to be in favor of the powers that be, since there is hardly any apprehension anymore that her usual candid talk that rattles the presidency will be heard.
Even her daughter, Zara, who is known to be active on twitter at the early stage of president Buhari’s tenure, has relapsed into political silence.
Only recently, there were rumors that Yusuf Buhari, her son, has joined Senate President Bukola Saraki in the PDP campaign train, but it was later discovered to be fake news. The picture was that of Yusuf’s look alike.
It will be recalled that Buhari’s last visit to Gemany was when he made the popular “other room” gaffe in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The leader of the opposition party in Germany had gone on National television to demand that Buhari leave their country. He returned the next day.
Such diplomatic faux pas has been in ascendance in recent times, with the latest being the body bag comment by the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir el-Rufai. This has elicited national and international outrage, with the main opposition party, PDP, threatening to pull out of the peace treaty both parties signed in the wake of the 2019 elections.
Things were made worse by the presidency endorsing the governor’s position.
However, former president of the United states has decided to wade into the matter by coming to address the two principal gladiators on Friday, 15th February, a day before the presidential elections.His coming was on the invitation of the Kofi Annang foundation, which has been worried about the trend the electioneering campign in Nigeria is taking. According to Allan Dross, president of the foundation, Clinton’s presence will demonstrate the importance of the elections to not only Nigeria but Africa as a whole.