Mrs. Buhari’s wrist watch, and distractions
SIR: I am surprised how some Nigerians react to matters that have nothing to do with the everyday existence of the ordinary man and woman, which is greatly imperiled by socio-economic circumstances.
I am saying this with the hindsight of the dust being raised over the cost of President Muhammadu Buhar’s wife wrist watch, which is trending now as a big distraction at a time when the country as a whole is facing fuel crisis, zero electricity supply, mass unemployment, high rate of poverty, insecurity, etc.
Instead of getting down to serious work on coming up with ideas and calling on government to urgently address this suffocating social deficiency, some people are busy engaging themselves with the cost of a wrist watch worn by the wife of Mr. President who is barely 15 days old in office.
By the way, how does being the wife of a President whose being exemplifies integrity, prudence, frugality and spartan lifestyle become synonymous with poverty or deceptively trying to live a life of deceit of being poor when you are not? Mrs. Buhari, for all we know, has never held public office and whatever she is putting on now must be a reflection of a hard working and rich woman who would not want to live a false life now and later expose her real self because like our people say, “eefin ni iwa”, meaning, character is like smoke.
Or have people forgotten that being the wife of an ex-general in a country gives you the privilege of mixing with the high and mighty, wherever you find yourself? A major malaise bedeviling our society today is that a lot of our people love to live a false lifestyle and later revert to their true colour, which exposes them to ridicule at the end of the day.
Nigerians voted for Buhari to bring about change in our life and country because of what he stands for and till date, he hasn’t changed. So for anybody to be prying into the lives of his family at this early stage of his administration might be a pointer that maybe, we are putting the cart before the horse which shouldn’t be, because the county is in dire stress for now and the cries of the people for help should be on the front burner instead of this distraction.