Nigeria president says wife belongs in the kitchen

Nigeria's President Buhari is in hot water over sexist remarks he made about his wife. She had said she might not support his bid to be re-elected. He replied to that in a news conference, saying: "I don't know which party my wife belongs to but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room." Mr Buhari was standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the time, but she did not comment. She just gave him a shocked look. Mr Buhari went on to add fuel to the fire. He said he could "claim superior knowledge" over his wife after running for president three times.

Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari warned her husband that she would not campaign with him unless he reformed his leadership. She said her husband's government had been hijacked. Mrs Buhari has a master's degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies. She is a successful entrepreneur, opening a well-known beauty parlour. She also published a book on the essentials of beauty therapy. In addition to her businesses, she is a human rights activist. She campaigned for the release of the 250 girls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram in 2014.