Many Nigerians have rejoiced with their President Muhammadu Buhari as he marked his 33rd wedding anniversary with his wife Aisha, today, December 2, 2022.
Although neither the president nor his wife celebrate the anniversary, the number couple were, however, they were poured with sweet encomiums by loyalists, and admirers across the country.
Aisha Buhari is the second wife of President Buhari, they got married in 1989 which makes today the 33th year of their marriage.
President Buhari and Aisha Buhari procreated and grew their family with five children. They also had a boy and five girls named: Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zahra, and Amina.
His first wife was Hajia Safinatu Buhari. Safinatu and President Buhari married in 1971.
Their marriage was blessed with four daughters named Zulaiha Magajiya, Fatima, Hadizatu Nana, and Safinatu Lami and a son, Musa who is now deceased, he died from sickle cell anemia.
In November 2012, Buhari’s first daughter, Zulaihat (née Buhari) Junaid died from sickle cell anemia, two days after having a baby at a hospital in Kaduna state.
Safinatu was not known to many Nigerians because she lived her life free from the limelight for religious and cultural reasons.
After Buhari was released from jail, he divorced Safinatu for receiving financial aid from Ibrahim Babangida while in jail, and in 1989, he got married to Aisha Buhari. On 14 January 2006, Safinatu Buhari, the former first lady, died from complications of diabetes.
Celebrating the president and his wife on their 33rd anniversary, Nigerians wished the number one family a progressive and peaceful year ahead together.
Ibrahim Abdulrahman wrote; “Happy wedding anniversary to Nigeria’s greatest president. The man who despite so many negative forces against him, is able to achieve what his predecessors are able to in times of abundance and fewer security challenges.”
Abdullahi Salifu wrote; “Brilliant military officer, good reputation, quiet but POWERFUL,, great man to honor as the President of NIGERIA,, Happy Celebration,, CONGRATULATIONS.”
Siraj M Abdullahi said; “May Allah continue to bless this union forever!happy 33rd wedding anniversary Mr.PMB!”
Meanwhile, The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has apologised to the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha over the arrest of a student of the Federal University, Dutse Jigawa, Aminu Mohammed by Police operatives.
Recall that Aminu was reported to be arrested by the (SSS) over a social media post deemed defamatory against Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari.
According to reports, Aminu Adamu Muhammed had in June 2022, posted on Twitter that Mrs Buhari had suddenly added massive weight after taking part in plundering the nation’s little resources as the masses endured hardship under her husband’s brutal regime.
Muhammed chastised Ms Buhari in Hausa: “Su mama anchi kudin talkawa ankoshi”, which could be translated as “the mother has gotten fatter by eating masses’ money.”
NANS in a statement on Tuesday by its President, Usman Barambu, apologised on behalf of the Nigerian students to the First Lady, while also calling for Mohammed’s release.
“The leadership of NANS received with concern the news of the unlawful arrest of Mohammed by the Nigeria Police on the instruction of Aisha Buhari. Upon receiving the news, I, Mohammed’s family and friends swung into action to trace the whereabouts of Mohammed. After some days of searching, we got the information that he was at the police unit in Wuse Zone 2. I met with Mohammed at the police custody.
“It was alleged that Mohammed some weeks back posted Aisha Buhari’s picture on Twitter with the caption “Su mama anchi kudin talakawa an koshi” (translated from Hausa to ‘the mother has gotten fatter by eating masses’ money’).
“Just like the normal way angry citizens have different ways of expression on the social media. On November 18, 2022, the police from Abuja tracked Mohammed to the Federal University Dutse and picked him without any written/verbal invitation or informing the school management or his family,” Barambu narrated.
The NANS President alleged Mohammed was taken straight to the Presidential Villa where he was allegedly brutalised, beaten, maltreated and humiliated by the police “on the orders of Aisha Buhari, after which he was unlawfully detained at a police facility at Wuse Zone II till date. I, alongside our team of lawyers, met with Mohammed at the police facility where he confirmed the incident to me. Until now, Mohammed has not been arraigned by any competent court of law or granted bail by the police.”
“We want to, on behalf of all the Nigerian students, tender our unreserved apology to the First Lady Aisha Buhari, for the action of Mohammed which might have caused her and her family pains. However, as leaders and public office holders, we must overlook some criticisms if we want to really forge ahead and do the right thing.
“We demand a detailed explanation by the Nigeria Police on why they will go to the school premises and ‘kidnap’ a student without due process and took him straight to the Presidential Villa where he was brutalised which violates his fundamental human rights,” the statement said.
NANS said Mohammed had sustained various injuries and had not accessed any proper medical attention. “We call on the police as a matter of national interest and urgency to release Mohammed unconditionally or be prepared to face the Nigerian students.
“However, we are calling on our teeming students to be careful and apply decorum in dealing with people especially our leaders. They should be mindful of what they post on social media.
“We want to inform the general public to be patient as we await response and actions from the Inspector General of Police on a letter earlier sent to his office,” the President added.