President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha Buhari, says she now prefers to be addressed as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria instead of the wife of the president as previously done.
The First Lady disclosed her new official title on Thursday at the presentation of awards to the former and current wives of Governors of the 36 states. The event took place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
She explained that though she initially wanted to be referred to as the wife of the president the title was creating confusion at the state level, particularly for wives of state governors.
“When my husband was newly elected, I personally chose to be called the wife of the President.
“But, I realized that it causes confusion from the state as to whether the wives of state governors are to be addressed as the first ladies or wives of the governors.
“So, forgive me for confusing you from the beginning, but now I chose to be called the first lady,” she said.
She said this would take effect immediately in order to resolve the issue of the title of wives of governors.