Aisha: Brain and beauty in the villa  

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By Emmanuel Aziken

Few would have believed that the taciturn, austere General Buhari had a soft, smiling and sweet woman at home.

She was finally unveiled to Nigerians as the campaign unfolded, and to some extent, also got her own campaign bruises. While her husband suffered the pains and knocks from the hard hitting PDP campaign, Mrs. Buhari’s pains were not just that her man was under attack, but she at one time during the campaign came under physical attack of hoodlums in Ilorin, Kwara State.

What manner of style Mrs. Buhari would bring to her time in the villa would undoubtedly be dictated by her husband. Given that the general finally unbuckled to expose his wife to the rudiments of the campaign, it would not be a surprise if he allows her to perform the perfunctory duties of the wife of the president.

However, suggestions to the flamboyance that has lately been the culture of recent presidential spouses would not be expected.

Mrs. Buhari is, however, no stranger to high society, having been born into the family of Nigeria’s first minister of defence, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, after whom the road to Nigeria’s second State House in Lagos is named.

The 44 year old was born on 17th February 1971 and married Buhari on 2nd December 1989 following the general’s divorce from his first wife, Safinatu who herself passed on in the 1990s.

A graduate of Public Administration from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Mrs. Buhari subsequently trained in beauty therapy and is an alumnus of the Carlton Institute of London and the Academy Esthetique Beauty, Institute of France, Dubai.

A professional make-up artist, besides being an entrepreneur, she had in the past also helped to advocate women empowerment through capacity building.

An indication that Mrs. Buhari would be a hard political fighter came after her husband was attacked by Boko Haram when she called for the resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan from office.

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