By Chioma Gabriel
It is often said that behind every successful man is a great woman. We’ve seen enough of modern politics, business, and entertainment to recognize this basic truth.
In the competitive world of politics, not every wife chooses to remain behind the scenes. Some of the most influential women have chosen to step out front. At some point, these women cease to be referred to only as so-and-so’s wife; their accomplishments become as defining, or even more defining, than their choice of marriage partner.
And Aisha Buhari is getting to that level. She is emerging from the shadow of being ‘Wife of the President’ to becoming a brand.
Have you not seen it? Indeed, a woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. Don’t get it twisted.
Everywoman that is’ involved’ shares a deep secret with her better half. When a woman sleeps with a man, whatever affects him begins to affect her because by a single act of conjugation, his DNA has been lodged somewhere inside her.
When President Buhari told Nigerians that his wife belongs to the kitchen and the other room, many thought it’s just a new buzzword in town. Comedians anchored their jokes on the ‘kitchen’ and ‘the other room’ but they missed the point. The kitchen and the other room was a code for a place where deeper things happen.
Now, Aisha Buhari has brought to the open the meaning of the kitchen and the other room. What happens in the kitchen is a woman’s secret just as what happens in the other room is a secret between a man and his wife.
Senator Shehu Sani should know this. And Nigerians too. He should know that despite Buhari being our president, he is first and foremost, Aisha’s husband and Aisha knows much more than ordinary Nigerians what is going on in Nigeria by virtue of her role in the kitchen and the other room.
The Disney animated feature, The Lion King was the story inspired by the lives of Joseph and Moses, from the Bible, and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The animated feature was centred around a young lion Prince which is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims he killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah, living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days. But when his past comes to haunt him, the young Prince must decide his fate: will he remain an outcast, or face his demons and become what he needs to be?
Now, let me ask, what has the Lion King in common with President Buhari and Nigeria?
Why did Senator Shehu Sani use animals to described what is happening in Nigeria, President Buhari’s absence and the cabals?
Who was he throwing stones at?
Shehu Sani had posted on his Facebook Page: ‘Prayer for the absent Lion King has waned; Until he’s back then they will fall over each other to be on the front row of the palace temple. Now the hyenas and the jackals are scheming and talking to each other in whispers; still doubting whether the Lion King will be back or not. Now the Lion king is asleep and no other dares to confirm if he will wake up or not. It’s the wish of the hyenas that the Lion King never wakes or comes back so that they can be kings. It’s the prayers of the weaker animals that the Lion King comes back to save the Kingdom from the hyenas,the wolves and other predators’.
And Aisha Buhari had replied: ‘God has answered the prayers of the weaker animals, the hyenas and the jackals will soon be sent out of the kingdom.”
Now, Aisha Buhari through her response has an insight into the power play at the Nigerian seat of power in the wake of a sickness that has kept her husband out of the country for over two months.
Our dear President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to London 68 days ago to resume medical treatment after an earlier round early this year and would soon come back.
It is unAfrican to write off a man because of his age or sickness. Just before Nelson Mandela died, many wrote about his life and times, waiting for the inevitable to happen.
Media houses, musicians and dramatists were culprits. Materials for his obituary were ready.
As a journalist, I was at work the night Nelson Mandela’s death was announced and I produced the last edition that announced his death.
And while going through the stories earlier prepared, I came through a by-line of a journalist who wrote in preparation for Mandela’s death but the said journalist had since died before Mandela.
Many who celebrated the rumoured death of Buhari some months ago have died before him.
People get sick and recover. People live to be over a hundred years. Even when a man lives above hundred and dies, his death is always missed because there’s alway’s something to miss about the dead no matter how old he lived. We shouldn’t be talking about the sick and the old as if they are inanimate objects.
Shehu Sani’s metaphor and allegory of the hyenas and the jackals and the Lion King that may never wake up or come back have over a million interpretations.
Aso Rock has swallowed many good things and should not be joked about.
We should be worried about the Aso Rock foundation.
Aisha Buhari has made several trips to UK since her darling husband and our dear president took ill. Naturally, she is expected to be pro-active about the situation as a good wife.
Mrs Patience Jonathan did same for ex-President Jonathan in her time as wife of the president, even to the point of being riddicled over grammatical blunders attributed to her.
Aisha Buahri is doing well. She is doing everything to restore hope to Nigerians and the millions who voted her husband into power.
Now, that is the power behind the throne.
Qu’est-ce que tu penses.