In a press conference with the German leader in Berlin, President Buhari in what may be his worse political blunder in Germany, in answering a reporter’s question on the role of his wife in his government, has this to say…
“My wife belongs in my kitchen and in my living room and other rooms”
What a statement! That was politically incorrect.
The ill-advised President totally forgot that he was standing next to a woman who is a world leader.
Here in Germany as in the rest of Europe, the issue of women’s right is a delicate one as women have come a long way fighting inequality in both society and at work place. Without warning, a visibly angry Ms Angela Merkel (the German Chancellor) quickly ended the press conference to save the President further embarrassment.
The emancipation of women in Europe is a civil rights issue. That is why feminist groups in Germany immediately reacted to the President’s outburst as a hate speech and demanded his exit from their territory.
A German opposition leader called for his immediate expulsion from Germany, while a renowned German newspaper in its editorial, has this to say about our President.
“He is simply not in touch with today’s realities. Hailed as the Messiah of Africa’s most populous democracy after winning election in 2015, his agenda of fighting corruption which was given a blessing by the West, especially former colonial master, England is very unpopular in his country as citizens are more concerned about the economic hardship and joblessness than his fight for financial recovery”
It paper went on to say:
“When it comes to world issues, the former general has little knowledge of events of the moment and hardly articulates. The more you listen to him, the more confused you get”.
Hard words, but written with some elements of sincerity.
Germany has a woman as head of state.
Germany has mother of eight children as Defence Minister, (Commander of a powerful military force). Something unthinkable in most parts of the world especially, Africa.
The notion here is that, girls can be everything including being President.
As a Nigerian living here in Germany, it’s a mixture of anger and frustration. Anger that my president would be viewed in this manner, frustrated because I know we Nigerians could do better. I know that there are better Nigerians from the Northern and Southern of our country that could have taken advantage of our ranking as the most populous and powerful black nation in the world, the largest economy in Africa (according to the world Bank), the country of the Wole Soyinkas, the Chinua Achebes and their likes in dealing with the rest of the world.
A Swedish journalist once described Nigeria as a crumbling giant. That was in 1999. The question is, was Nigeria once a giant? The answer will certainly not be given by these wounded generation.