Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is in hot water over sexist remarks he made about his wife Aisha. He was replying to reports that his wife may not support his bid to be re-elected to power. He stated during a news conference in Berlin that: "I don't know which party my wife belongs to but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room." President Buhari was standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the time. Ms Merkel did not express an opinion on Mr Buhari's words but did give him a shocked, stern look. Mr Buhari went on to add fuel to the fire, telling reporters that he can "claim superior knowledge" over his wife after running for president three times.
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Nigeria’s first lady Aisha Buhari warned her husband that she would not campaign alongside him in future elections unless he reformed his leadership. Mrs Buhari said her husband's government had been hijacked. The first lady has a master's degree in International Affairs and Strategic Studies. She is a successful entrepreneur. In 1995, she opened northern Nigeria's first beauty parlour. She also published a book called, 'The Essentials of Beauty Therapy: A Complete Guide for Beauty Specialists'. In addition to her business-related activities, she is a human rights activist and has campaigned for the release of the 250 girls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram in 2014.