Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Saturday abandoned a Sallah party she organised at the State House for children to go and cook for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President’s wife had earlier told guests that she personally cooks her husband’s food and would leave them to go and perform the duty.
This is different from the tradition in the past where cooks were put in charge of providing meals for the President and the Vice-President at the State House.
Speaking during the Sallah party at the old banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President’s wife sought the children’s permission to leave the party after staying for about two hours in order to go home to cook for Buhari.
She said: “I’m going to leave you soon. I want to go back home to cook for my husband. Because my children are here playing with you, so nobody is at home, only my husband.
So I want to go back home to be with him and also cook dinner for him.” She had urged the children to continue to pray for other Nigerian children who are currently in Internally Displaced Persons camps due to the insurgency.
According to her, the current administration attaches importance to Nigerian children’s welfare, protection and development.
She therefiore urged them to be good ambassadors to their parents. She said: “The future of this great country lies in your hands. You are to complement the efforts of government by working very hard in school and be obedient to your parents.
“Tomorrow, you may be the President, the President’s wife, senator, honourable members, governors, medical doctors, teachers, journalists, engineers, nurses, lawyers and the rest of our honourable professions.” She also urged parents to encourage and monitor their children.
The old banquet hall was decorated to children’s taste.
While songs boomed from the speakers to the delight of the children, cartoons were also shown on the giant screens mounted at various points. Balloons of different colours and shapes also dangled from the ceiling. They were also used to form giant animals and babies and placed at various points.
Two bouncing castles were also mounted for the children while clowns dished out jokes.
The children, who were given packaged meals and drinks, also took part in a fashion parade and dancing competition. Among those who attended the Sallah were the wives of former governor of Rivers State, Mrs. Judith Amaechi, and former governor of Bayelsa State, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva.