+ All the controversies trailing the First Lady
THE Presidency doesn’t want to be drawn into the controversy trailing the N10 million designer wrist watch the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari wore in an official portrait.
Both Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina and Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu looked the other way when ENCOMIUM Weekly requested their official response on Monday, June 8, 2015.
For instance, Mallam Shehu couldn’t answer his calls, neither did he reply our SMS that sought his clarification on the issue.
“Good morning, sir. The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina gave us your phone number. Could you please, react to the controversy trailing Hajia Aisha Buhari’s N10 million designer’s wristwatch? We also need your assessment of President Buhari’s first week in office. Thanks, sir,” our un-replied SMS read.
Barely hours after she settled in as Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari got critics on her trail. First, it was the closure of beauty salons in Kaduna; then the release of her official portrait. The release of Aisha’s official portrait would spark reactions from the public since Buhari said during his campaign the office would be abolished.
Hajia Aisha’s lifestyle has also raised eyebrow when reviewed against President Buhari’s modest approach to life.
However, the most topical of all the controversies trailing the ravishingly beautiful woman has been a luxury wrist watch spotted on her at the inaugural ceremony of her husband. Hajia Aisha Buhari also rocked the ‘expensive designer Cartier Baignoire Folle wristwatch worth N10 million or equivalent of £34,500’ in her official portrait picture.
Being a country that has endured flagrant looting of public funds by Aso Rock occupants, the 18-Carat white gold diamond ladies watch is enough reason to weigh against the first lady.
With many questioning the source of the luxury wristwatch, a few also think it might be a gift.
According to a reliable source, it is likely that the wrist watch is a gift from one of her female friends who has been hanging out lately with the first lady. It is believed that this special friend of Aisha is seeking favour from the president. She is therefore eager to be on the president’s good books. And perhaps find high favour to walk in the most privileged corridor of power in President Buhari’s administration.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have taken to social media to air their views on Aisha’s controversial N10 luxury wristwatch.
ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered the 18-carat white gold diamond ladies watch which was also reviewed by the BBC, comes in a case made of rhodiumised white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds. On the side of the case is an octagonal crown set with a diamond.
The case is 44mm high, 35mm wide and 10mm thick and is covered by glare-proof sapphire crystal glass, it added.
Checks on the internet show that the replica of Mrs. Buhari’s wristwatch cost £34,500, which is contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s simple ideals.
A further search however, reveals the watch can also be bought for $129 on kowatches.
Here are some of the over 3,000 tweets and comments trailing the first lady’s luxury wristwatch:
-Muhammad Wase (Jr @elmoh) wrote : “You people are just crazy!! Buhari is known for transparency and Honesty.. “NOT” Aisha Buhari..”
-Maryam Abubakar (@mareeyama): “Nothing to say about this Aisha Buhari’s wristwatch matter. Y’all are giving the story & the person who published it too much importance.”
-Ogie @marythesa: “Vry soon ds jobless mofos wld soon start critising aisha buhari 4 wearing a marykay lipstick and mac foundation powder! Oponu oshi!”
-Abdul Hasib @hasibsuenu: “Aisha Buhari’s wristwatch again? How has her luxury become our business??
I give up on the kids on twitter.
-ogie (@marythesa): “Y all ds noise abt aisha buhari wearin a 10milion wristwatch?did she wear d wristwatch afta her husbands time in govt?wats al ds balderdash”
-#DareMeQuestions (@BossRicky01): “Aisha Buhari’s wristwatch costs that much…ehen! Is it your wristwatch or is it your money?”
-TUПGST Fortune (@Tungsten_Marvie) : “No matter who you are when you cross the line your lady gonna put u on the hot seat #Aisha #BUHARI… ”
-ELTAMA (@eltama007): “If Aisha Buhari’s wrist watch is worth N10m as some are saying, then she’s not living within her means n this is tantamount to corruption.”
-Ibidapo Aina (@MrKrecking): “Wait. Aisha Buhari cannot have her own money? If he forces her to wear cheap clothing again, you will say he is a dictator at home.”
-Purpose (@GbemiEreku): “Leave am like salad RT”@xeenarh: If the president borrowed 24m to buy APC form, where did Aisha Buhari get 10m to buy watch? ”
-Arbitro (@Winner_jnr): “If Aisha Buhari can be as bad as Turai or Patie, we will say it irrespective of the support we had for GMB.”
-Hashied (@Hashied_Bee) wrote: “So Aisha Buhari’s wrist watch is the deal; kai Nigeria we seriously need to focus for big deals.”
-Perspective. (@justphlex) wrote: “Aisha Buhari wore a #10million watch no comment…if it was mama peace.hmmmm…I thought d hubby borrowed to buy presidential form..SMH.”
-Lord of the Gourds (@ikhide) wrote: “Aisha Buhari will get me divorced. My wife saw her watch; now she’s calling me names! “Unoka! Why I marry you sef?”
Gbenga Tha Optimist (@Gbenga007_) wrote: “At least aisha buhari bought the wristwatch before she became the first lady… B4 nigerians wld say its deir money she used to buy it”
-Beautiful Onyinye (@Certified_Onyi) wrote: “Somewhere in Nigeria, Aisha Buhari is wearing someone’s destiny on her wrist. And to claim it’s a gift beats my imagination”
Anonymous June 7, 2015 at 11:51 AMReply, Two questions come to mind: Do you honestly think President Buhari would have a hand in this wrist watch saga? I learnt Aisha comes from a well-to-do family and has flourishing beauty parlours at Kaduna and Abuja with VIPs as customers. Two: Do you honestly think this woman cannot afford the wristwatch, based on the above submission? Besides, PMB said he has no business with the office of the First Lady. She must have sourced for it on her own. You know women! She would like to shine on that day. For me, I think we should be more focused on our nation’s fundamental problems than on an item which one can get on his/her own. I’ll prefer we wait and see the steps PMB will take on it. May God bless Nigeria, her Leaders and the People generally. Amen. Nigeria shall be great again IJMN.
-Anonymous-June 6, 2015 at 12:19 PMReply -Nigerians don’t even know when and what to raise agitations about.
What Nigeria need is for Buhari to make power stable forever and refineries working forever…..plain simple…
Let Aisha buy one stick of toothpick for N10 million we wouldn’t care….for me it’s side attraction…Lets do the maths….Aisha bought the watch for about 64,000 dollars. Now supposing a dollar was 1:1, she would have actually bought it for N64,000 instead of N10million and that wouldn’t sound too massive for some of us.
Two things can make this happen, stable power and working refineries, which would knock off the belated “fuel subsidy”, (one of the greatest frauds that has been a silent killer for Nigerians), push dollars downwards and place naira in its rightful position as it once was. Let’s pay more attention on what we need from Buhari.
We want stable power and working refineries. These two things alone can fix Nigeria’s problem by more than half.
-Anonymous-June 5, 2015 at 8:05 AMReply Excuse me how can the president wife wear a replica? look at the site that’s selling for $210 theres no contact. The only contact is Welwates123@gmail.com which company of such class uses @gmail.com
Men we are not kids. The wristwatch is N10million shikina.
WHAT THE BBC BLOG SAID ABOUT AISHA’S N10 M DESIGNER WRISTWATCH
THE controversial N10 million wrist watch worn by Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari during her husband’s inauguration has featured on a BBC blog.
The blog ran a story on the reactions of Nigerians to the expensive Cartier wristwatch worn by Hajia Aisha Buhari at Eagle Square, on Friday, May 29.
“Photos of Nigeria”s first lady wearing an expensive watch led some Nigerians to ask whether they undermine President Buhari’s ‘man of the people’ image.
“In March, Muhammadu Buhari was elected as Nigeria’s new president after a campaign which took a strong anti-corruption stance. Buhari underlined his humble credentials by raising money from ordinary voters. He even had to stretch his finances to pay the fee to register as a candidate.
“This image was diluted somewhat when his wife, Aisha Buhari, was pictured wearing an expensive-looking watch at her husband’s inauguration last week and these images were shared on the Instagram account of the photographer George Okoro.
“Nigerian press described it as a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-carat white gold diamond timepiece that was estimated to cost around $50,000 – more than £30,000 or about 10m Nigerian naira. Others, however, pointed out that knockoff versions are available for as little as $100 (N20,000).
“Around 3,000 tweets mentioning the first lady’s name and the word ‘watch’ have been posted. Many were critical and raised a skeptical eyebrow about where Mrs Buhari might have got the money to buy such an expensive piece of jewellery. “Aisha Buhari will be wearing a N10million watch and her husband told us he borrowed money to buy his presidential nomination form,” said Twitter user Kate Vincent.
But others defended her: “Aisha Buhari didn’t use Nigeria’s money to buy her watch so what exactly is the problem? Am I missing something? Why is it a big deal?” tweeted @SalaudeenNana.
– UCHE OLEHI