Bakare laments ‘the other room’ comment by Buhari, says president insulted African women
The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s for saying his wife, Aisha belongs to the living room, kitchen and the other room.
Pastor Bakare, President Buhari’s running mate during the 2011 presidential election, said the President’s statement on Aisha was an insult to all mothers and daughters in Africa.
Bakare spoke in Abuja on Saturday at the 2nd Annual Chibok Girls lecture organised by the Bring Back Our Girls group in commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the abduction of over 215 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.
He spoke on the theme, “Towards a just and good society: Renewing our commitment to the girl-child in Nigeria.”
He said that the mindset of a leader could either improve or stall the quest for gender equality.
He said, “Whatever makes a man to look at his wife and say she is only good for the kitchen, the living room and the other room shows you what goes on in the mind of a leader.
“Our President was standing next to the most powerful woman in the world and reduced the African woman to just the kitchen and the bedroom. I stand here to say that women are not objects to be used but persons to be respected.
“If that was meant to be a joke by the President, then, that is just an expensive joke that is uncalled for on an international scene. It was unnecessary and even an embarrassment to even the mothers that bore us and the daughters that we are raising.
“Their place is not just in the bedroom or kitchen; their place is also in the parliament and one day, who knows, the day will come that even the Villa will be occupied by a woman in this country.”