President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, on Thursday, reassured his supporters that she was committed to the success of her husband’s administration.
In her first public comment since the furore ignited by her criticism of her husband’s administration in an interview she granted the BBC Hausa Service, Mrs Buhari said she was relieved that the administration had started to fulfil some of the promises the president made during the electioneering campaigns.
Mrs Buhari spoke when she paid a visit to Benisheik, one of the liberated towns of Borno State, to flag off the distribution of relief items to displaced rural women. She made the gesture under the Get Involved initiative, a sub-component of her pet project, Future Assured.
Addressing the gathering in Kaga, Mrs Buhari said she was happy that her husband’s government had begun to fulfil campaign promises to Nigerians, and “especially to the distressed people of Borno state”.
She said: “On our campaign promises to Nigerians, especially to the people of Borno State, we thank Almighty Allah for giving us the opportunity of beginning to fulfil these promises.
“That is the essence of being a good leader; when you promise, you try to fulfil your promises.
“That is what we are all after. And what I am after in particular is the success of my husband’s administration. And we can’t do it alone, except with the help of the governors, their wives and members of our progressive party and all Nigerians.”
Mrs Buhari said the distribution of relief items was part of her Get Involved project, which she hopes to carry on in the state through a committee led by the wife of the state governor.
“As you are all aware, some weeks ago, I had launched a component of my programme, Future Assured, known as ”Get Involved, which is aimed at bringing all Nigerians together; and it has integrated and united the people of Nigeria.
“The launching of Future Assured has consolidated and united the people of Nigeria. The relief items you are seeing today were received from well-meaning Nigerians who sent their regards and congratulatory messages.
“It is on that note that I am here today to flag off the distribution of the food items donated by well-meaning Nigerians from across the country. I thank all Nigerians for this support for the people of Borno State.”