Aisha Buhari

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Aisha Buhari
First Lady of Nigeria
Assumed role
29 May 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari
Preceded by Patience Jonathan
Personal details
Aisha Halilu

(1971-02-17) 17 February 1971 (age 48) [1] [2] [3]
Adamawa, Nigeria
Political party APC
Muhammadu Buhari (m. 1989)
[1] [4]
Relatives Muhammadu Ribadu (grandfather)
Residence Aso Villa

Aisha Muhammadu Buhari (born 17 February 1971 [3] ) 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. She is a cosmetologist, beauty therapist and author. [5] [6] [7]

First Lady of Nigeria

The First Lady of Nigeria is an informal, but accepted title, held by the wife of the President of Nigeria. The current First Lady is Aisha Buhari who has held the title since 29 May 2015.

President of Nigeria Head of state and head of Nigerian government

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the head of state and head of the national executive of Nigeria. The President of Nigeria is also the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. The President is elected in national elections which take place every four years. The first President of Nigeria was Nnamdi Azikiwe, who took office on October 1, 1963. The current President, Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, 2015 as the 15th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Muhammadu Buhari Nigerian president

Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation's head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d'état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.


Early life and family

Aisha was born on 17, February 1971 [8] [9] [10] in Adamawa State, Northeastern Nigeria. [11] Her grandfather Alhaji Muhammadu Ribadu was Nigeria's first minister of defence. [12] Her 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. [13] On 2 December 1989, she married Muhammadu Buhari, [1] [4] [14] who had five children from a previous marriage to Safinatu Yusuf. Aisha and Muhammadu Buhari have five children together and one grandchild. [15]

Adamawa State State in Nigeria

Adamawa is a state in northeastern Nigeria, with its capital at Yola. In 1991, when Taraba State was carved out from Gongola State, the geographical entity Gongola State was renamed Adamawa State, with four administrative divisions: Adamawa, Ganye, Mubi and Numan. It is the home of the American University of Nigeria in Yola and Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola. It is one of the thirty-six states that constitute the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Muhammadu Ribadu was a Nigerian politician, who was the first Minister of Defence after independence. The son of a district head from Adamawa's Balala district, he was educated early on at a Koranic school before proceeding to the middle school at Yola.


Aisha Buhari holds a bachelor of arts degree in public administration from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), [11] and a master's degree in international affairs and strategic studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. [16] She obtained a diploma in beauty therapy from the Carlton Institute of Beauty Therapy, Windsor, United Kingdom. She holds a post-graduate diploma in cosmetology and beauty from Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France. [17] She is a member of the United Kingdom Vocational Training and Charitable Trust and the International Health and Beauty Council. [18]

Ahmadu Bello University Public university in Zaria, Nigeria

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on 4 October 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, is the first of two Military universities in Nigeria. Nigerian Army University, established in 2018, in Biu, Borno State is the other military university. Duration of training at the Nigerian Defence Academy is 5 years, which include 4 years of academic studies and 1 year of military training.

Business career

For years, Mrs. 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. [19] She is a resource person to the National Basic Technical Education (NBTE) [20] on beauty therapy and cosmetology and has participated in the curriculum development of small medium enterprises for NBTE. Aisha closed her beauty salon following the emergence of her husband as president of Nigeria. [13] [21]

Kaduna State State in Nigeria

Kaduna, usually referred to as Kaduna State to distinguish it from the city of Kaduna, is a state in Northwest Nigeria. Its capital is Kaduna.

Abuja Federal capital in Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria located in the centre of the country within the Federal Capital Territory. It is a planned city and was built mainly in the 1980s, replacing the country's most populous city of Lagos as the capital on 12 December 1991. Abuja's geography is defined by Aso Rock, a 400-metre (1,300 ft) monolith left by water erosion. The Presidential Complex, National Assembly, Supreme Court and much of the city extend to the south of the rock. Zuma Rock, a 792-metre (2,598 ft) monolith, lies just north of the city on the expressway to Kaduna.

She published a book titled Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists [22] , which has been recommended as a text for the NBTE curriculum.

Political career and advocacy

In July 2014, she advised Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to resign from office as president of Nigeria, following a suicide bombing and an alleged assassination attempt on her husband. [23] She is a women's right activist and child right Advocate, and she has criticized child marriage and homosexuality.

Child marriage marriage or informal union entered into by an individual before reaching the age of 18

Child marriage is a formal marriage or an informal union entered into by an individual before reaching a certain age, specified by several global organizations such as UNICEF as minors under the age of 18. The legally prescribed marriageable age in some jurisdictions is below 18 years, especially in the case of girls; and even when the age is set at 18 years, many jurisdictions permit earlier marriage with parental consent or in special circumstances, such as teenage pregnancy. In certain countries, even when the legal marriage age is 18, cultural traditions take priority over legislative law. Child marriage violates the rights of children; it affects both boys and girls, but it is more common among girls. Child marriage has widespread and long term consequences for child brides and grooms. According to several UN agencies, comprehensive sexuality education can prevent such a phenomenon.

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, 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. [24]

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. [25]

On 12 June 2015, Aisha Buhari met with some mothers of the abducted Chibok Girls [26] 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." [27]

Future Assured

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. She was prompted by the need to improve the current poor health outcomes of women, children and other vulnerable groups of the Nigerian population, and she affirmed her commitment to this work at a stakeholders meeting held at the presidential villa and a public launch [28] of Future Assured programs at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York on 29 September 2015.

She is currently working with the Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria which is as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency that has plagued the country since 2009. She set up a committee to deal with the distribution of relief materials after a visit to an IDP camp in Borno Northeast Nigeria [29] [30]

Public image

She surprised Nigerians when she made it known that her role as wife of the president of Nigeria will be limited to whatever is constitutionally recognized, as she promised not to overstep. [31]

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