and the scrutiny it is already under to conduct themselves properly at all times.
For some Nigerians, the Buhari watch (if you’ll excuse me) must be unblemished in its austerity and unrivalled in its humility. Therefore the idea of the president’s wife sporting that much sparkle was a sign that, just months after being voted into off ice, Buhari and family were already straying from the correct moral path and would go the corrupt way of so many of Nigeria’s leaders. Eyes were rolled, sighs expelled and shoulders shrugged with a sense of, ‘Hey, what did we expect of these people anyway? We knew it’d be no different.’
For others, the possibility that she was wearing a fake was equally unpalatable, because a nation as great as Nigeria can’t possibly have a cheap First Lady, right?
This is the scorching brightness of the spotlight the Buharis find themselves in just a few days in, before the president has enacted any legislation, before he has laid the lash into corrupt officials, before he has taken apart and started to reassemble the broken national oil company.
If this is the level of discourse now, what will it be when he makes radical reforms, and who could blame Aisha Buhari for never wearing a watch in public again?