Wednesday, 8 November 2017

#Budget2018: Why did the female lawmakers refuse to acknowledge Buhari's presence at the National Assembly (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari formally presented an N8.6 trillion 2018 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Dubbed the ‘budget of consolidation,’ the budget was about 16 per cent increase from the N7.44 trillion appropriated in 2017.

But that's not the purpose of this story. Something unique or rather awkward happened during the budget presentation.

Most of the female lawmakers refused to join the party. They were spotted sitting 'silently' while the president was exchanging pleasantries with lawmakers. The look in their faces show there weren't happy whatever that was going on.


Buhari has courted controversies with women during his administration.

During a meeting with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel last year, Buhari was seen on video saying his wife Aisha belongs to the kitchen, in reaction to Aisha saying she would not support his 2019 campaign if he continues with his leadership style.

“I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room,” said President Buhari, Associated Press reported.

 That statement drew criticism from human rights groups, some women tore him apart.

The president was also once criticized by senator Oluremi Tinubu for not funding the Ministry of Women affairs. And to buttress that claim, the minister of  Women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, recently publicly endorsed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 Presidency.

 After all said, we are still waiting to hear the main reason these female lawmakers refused to acknowledge President Buhari's presence at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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