Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to a viral cartoon by cartoonist Mustapha Bulama, and published in Daily Trust, depicting Aisha showing her daughter’s wedding pictures to Nigerians drowning in a river.
Aisha’s spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi in a chat with the BBC revealed that the children of any leader have the right to get married when the time is due whether the citizens are enjoying their leadership or not.
“The cartoon that has gone viral by Mustapha Bulama is unfair because the wedding is in no way insensitive to what Nigerians are going through.
“Infact, it is because of issues like this that the first lady held a meeting with her staff a month to the wedding, telling us she wants to make the wedding a low key one with no massive celebrations.
Abdullahi added that “the photos of the couple posted by Mrs Buhari on social media was to thank her well wishers after the wedding and not to rub it on the faces of Nigerians.
“I can say that Hanan Buhari’s wedding is one of the most low-key weddings of any Nigerian child’s wedding that has ever happened”
Abdullahi says the content of the viral video in which the couple was sprayed with money as they danced did not happen at the Villa but rather in Kaduna when the bride has already moved to join her in-laws.
He adds that the first lady is mindful of the COVID-19 restrictions put in place to ensure that all those present during the celebration adhered to the guidelines.
Daily Trust reported Hanan Buhari’s wedding which took place on the 4th day of September, 2020.
Many say the wedding came at a time when Nigerians are complaining of economic hardship in the country coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic.