RAD­I­CAL

Finweek English Edition - - IN BRIEF -

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?

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