The Wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari on Monday broke her long silence as she sent a goodwill message to Nigerian women on the occasion of International Women’s Day from an unknown location.
The controversial woman has not been seen in public since September last year few days after the wedding of one of her daughters, Hanan with an online newspaper, SaharaReporters, stating that she has relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, citing security issues.
One of her aides, Mallam Kabiru Dodo who denied the story however stated that the First Lady was on a foreign medical trip, which she has not returned since prompting suggestions in some quarters that all may not be well within the first family.
No word was heard from her even when she turned 50 years old on February 18 but she broke her silence on Monday when she posted a goodwill message to Nigerian women on her Twitter handle, @Aishambuhari.
The message which she signed personally was titled “Message of the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021.”
In it, she wife lamented the continued abduction of women and girls in the country by bandits and terrorists with a call on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring the abductions to an end.
The message read, “Today marks the 2021 edition of International Women’s Day. The day offers yet another opportunity for humanity to review and reflect progress made on issues of women and girls.
“This year’s theme: Women In Leadership: Achieving on Equal Future in a COVID-19 World is a strong call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women; disrupted education and careers, lost jobs, descent into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence. Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic, It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another.
“Away from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits.
“As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families. I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages.
“I call on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring these abductions to an end and to assure us that girls are safe anywhere they may find themselves.
“My best wishes to women all over the world for their resilience, hard work, and commitment to the progress of humanity. Happy International Women’s Day. “