President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on Friday, December 2, 2022.
The country’s first couple got married in 1989, four years after the retired major general was ousted from office as the military head of state in 1985. At the time of their wedding, Aisha was an 18-year-old teenager.
Celebrating the couple, an aide to the president, Lauretta Onochie, posted a picture of the two in their early years together. She wrote, “Today, December 2, is the 33rd wedding anniversary of our beloved number one couple—President Muhammadu Buhari, and the beautiful First Lady, Aisha. Our prayers and thoughts are with them today and always. Happy anniversary to the most beautiful couple I know. God bless Nigeria.”
Congratulating the couple, a popular actress, Joke Silva, wrote, “Happy wedding anniversary, and many more years in good health and comfort. History will be kind by the mercies and grace of God; amen.”
Another well-wisher, Folasade Lawal, wrote, “Congratulations, my amiable and diligent leader. More beautiful years ahead, amen.”
Though they have been married for 33 years, the Muhammadu Buhari’s have also had their share of ups and downs like every other couple.
But, what is not in doubt is that Aisha has always been a strong supporter of her husband, and she does not hesitate to sing his praise to the high heavens. This is even though she has been through a lot with the president.
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Some months ago, she revealed that she had to endure a lot as a result of her husband’s post-traumatic stress disorder.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Armed Forces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre in Abuja, Aisha said, “My husband served the Nigerian Army for 27 years before he was overthrown in a coup d’état. He fought the civil war for 30 months without rehabilitation. He ruled Nigeria for 20 months and was detained for 40 months, without being told the nature of his offence.”
In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, she also apologized to Nigerians; if they felt her husband’s administration had not delivered on its promises to the people. She said, “The expectation from us was too high. People were expecting so much from us, and maybe after seven years, we haven’t delivered up to their expectations.
“The government has really tried. The administration has done its best but maybe it is; still not the best for others. To them, they have done their best; only God knows, so we must apologize to them, to Nigerians; whether we have met their expectations or not.”