Aisha Halilu Buhari (born 17 February 1971) is the First Lady of Nigeria and wife of the current President Muhammadu Buhari, who assumed office on 29 May 2015 after defeating the then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Aisha Buhari is a cosmetologist and beauty therapist.
|First Lady of Nigeria|
29 May 2015
|Preceded by||Patience Jonathan|
17 February 1971
Adamawa State, Nigeria
|Relatives||Muhammadu Ribadu (grandfather)|
|Education||BA in public administration, MSc in international affairs, Diploma in beauty therapy, Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetology and beauty.|
|Alma mater||Ambrose Ali University, Nigerian Defense Academy, Carlton Institute of Beauty and Therapy, Academy Esthetique Beauty institute France.|
Early life and familyEdit
Aisha Buhari was born on 17 February 1971, in Adamawa State, north eastern Nigeria. Her grandfather Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu was Nigeria's first minister of defence. Aisha's father was a civil engineer, and her mother is a descendant of the Ankali family, renowned farmers. Aisha Buhari went to primary and secondary school in Adamawa State. On 2 December 1989, Aisha married Muhammadu Buhari, who had five children from a previous marriage to Safinatu Yusuf. Aisha and Muhammadu Buhari have five children together and one grandchild.
Aisha Buhari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public administration from Ambrose Alli University (AAU), and a master's degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. Aisha Buhari obtained a diploma in beauty therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom. Aisha Buhari holds a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France. Aisha Buhari is a member of the United Kingdom Vocational Training and Charitable Trust and the International Health and Beauty Council.
For years, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has run a successful business as the founder/managing director of Hanzy Spa and principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute, a beauty salon in Kaduna and Abuja. Aisha Buhari is a resource person to the National Basic Technical Education (NBTE), on beauty therapy and cosmetology and has participated in the curriculum development of small medium enterprises for NBTE. Aisha Buhari closed her beauty salon following the emergence of her husband as president of Nigeria.
Aisha published a book titled Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists, which has been recommended as a text for the NBTE curriculum.
Political career and advocacyEdit
Aisha Buhari is a vocal advocate of women's rights and children's rights, and this was a focal point during her campaign for her husband's election in 2015. Aisha has, on several occasions, emphasized the need for young girls to get primary and secondary school education before getting married, saying that she believes no girl should get married before the age of 17. She has also criticized child marriage and homosexuality.
In May 2015, on the sidelines of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she stressed the need for Nigerian laws that will protect the women from forced early marriages, sex trafficking and other issues Nigerian girls and women contend with. Aisha raised concerns on child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking and the need for legislation against early marriage.
On 12 June 2015, Aisha Buhari met with some mothers of the abducted Chibok Girls on 14 April 2016, and donated proceeds from her book to parents of the Chibok girls, the Buni Yadi boys murdered in 2014, and children suffering from malnutrition.
In October 2016, Aisha Buhari said that she would not back her husband in the next election unless he got a grip on his government. He responded that she belonged in his kitchen, saying "I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."
In April 2021, she attended the book of "Aisha Buhari – Being Different", written by Hajo Sani, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Women Affairs and Administration. The book has memories of the first lady from her childhood on. The launch was attended by vice president Yemi Osinbajo and other dignitaries.
Future Assured is an initiative founded by Aisha Buhari to continue her advocacy work for the health and well-being of women and children through community mobilization and health promotion. Aisha was prompted by the need to improve the current poor health outcomes of women, children and other vulnerable groups of the Nigerian population. She affirmed her commitment to this work at a stakeholders meeting held at the presidential villa and a public launch of Future Assured programs at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 29 September 2015.
Aisha Buhari works with internally displaced people resulting from the Boko Haram insurgency. She set up a committee for the distribution of relief materials after a visit to an IDP camp in Borno State.
Aisha Buhari surprised Nigerians when she made it known that her role as the wife of the president of Nigeria will be limited to whatever is constitutionally recognized, and she promised not to overstep. At the presentation of awards to wives of governors, on Thursday, 13 June 2019, Aishat Buhari adopted the title of first lady five years after President Buhari said he would scrap the office.
Aisha Buhari is the first Nigerian First lady to be on Twitter, on Instagram, and other social media platforms, giving her unfiltered views.
In October 2019, Fatima Daura, the daughter of the newspaper editor Mamman Daura, accused Aisha of verbally abusing her and attacking her family. Fatima recorded a video of Aisha ranting inside the presidential villa in Abuja and submitted the video to the press. Fatima Daura said she recorded the video because no one would have believed her if she made those claims without evidence. Aisha Buhari confirmed she was the one in the video and alleged that Fatima Daura had mocked her while recording her. Aisha later apologized in a statement through her spokesman. She explained that she was angry because Mamman Daura and his family denied her access to some parts of the presidential villa after President Buhari ordered Mamman Daura and his family out of the villa.
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