By Ibidapo Balogun
It is heart-warming that their wives have removed themselves from the fray. There has been no-love-lost between President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki since the latter became the Senate president. Buhari has rebuffed all moves by Saraki to pay him a visit.
And though Buhari had said in the build-up to the election of principal officers of the National Assembly that he could work with anybody as Senate President or House Speaker, he was just been clever with words, for the emergence of Saraki as Senate president has rankled Buhari and the leadership of his party.
Saraki is at present facing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for allegedly engaging in anticipatory declaration of assets as Kwara governor in 2003. And he has said he is undergoing his present ordeal because he is Senate President.
Recall that Saraki had cut a deal with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party Senators and had become the Senate President in spite of the arrangement of his All Progressives Congress to give the job to Senator Ahmed Lawan from Yobe State, an ally of President Buhari. And the presidency has been touted as the crooked wood stoking the fire of Saraki’s prosecution.
Mrs. Saraki herself has also been quizzed by the anti-graft agency, EFCC, over alleged corruption issues.
But unlike Senator Oluremi Tinubu, APC National Leader Asiwaju Tinubu’s wife, who refused to bow for or shake Senate President Saraki after taking her oath as Senator, both First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, and Mrs. Toyin Saraki, are carrying on as if unfazed about the politics of Saraki’s prosecution.
Now, African First Ladies across the world are in New York to access and modify effective means of contributing to the Millenium Development Goals and now SDGS Perspectives on HIV & AIDS,
the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV and AIDS, have met to discuss and find ways of contributing and improving the reduction of HIV& AIDS in the African Countries.
And the wife of President Buhari was represented at the meeting by Senate president’s wife.
Mrs. Saraki says in the eye of the current insurgency and the lack of adequate health care for women and children that have been affected by the insurgency and have to leave in internally displaced camps, the need for health care has become paramount.
She affirms the need to continually do more especially in the areas of maternal health and child mortality.
The issues of investing adequately in women and girls in the context of the post-2015 agenda was, however, addressed at the meeting by the Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who says girl-child education remains key to the development framework all over Africa.
But is it a display of maturity that both Mrs. Buhari and Mrs. Saraki are carrying on as if oblivious of the seeming political disagreement between their husbands or a dictate of state duties or what do you call it?