Aisha Muhammadu Buhari nee Halilu was born on 17 February 1971 in Adamawa state. Aisha is the second wife of Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, who assumed office on May 29, 2015, after defeating the then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.
Her grandfather, Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu was Nigeria’s first Minister of Defence. Her father was a civil engineer while her mother is a descendant of the Ankali family, renowned farmers and textile giants.
On December 2, 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.
Mrs Buhari is a cosmetologist, beauty therapist and author. She is a women’s right activist and child right Advocate. She is one of the Nigerians who criticised child marriage and homosexuality.
Aisha Buhari is a vocal advocate of women’s rights and children rights and this was a focal point during her campaign for her husband’s election in 2015. She has, on several occasions, emphasised 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, on several occasions, emphasised 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.
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. She raised concerns on Child sexual abuse in Nigeria, sex trafficking and the need for Legislation against early marriage.
On June 12, 2015 Aisha Buhari met with some mothers of the abducted Chibok Girls, a meeting she had wanted to hold for a long time. On April 14, 2016, She 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.”
Her excellency founded ”Future Assured” to continue her advocacy work for the health and well-being of women and children through community mobilisation and health promotion.
She was prompted by the need to rapidly improve the current poor health outcomes of women, children and other vulnerable groups of the Nigerian population, she reaffirmed her commitment to continue working towards achieving the desired objective of improving the health and well-being of the citizens of this country 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 held in New York on the 29th of September 2015.
She is currently working with Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria which as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency that has plagued the country since 2009.
The first lady set up a committee to deal with the distribution of relief materials after a visit to an IDP camp in Borno Northeast Nigeria.
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