Wife of the president, Aisha Buhari has revealed how her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for many years.
Aisha spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Armed Forces Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Centre (AFPTSDC) initiated by the Mrs Lucky Irabor-led Defence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA).
According to her, PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by terrifying events, saying that it was a reality that soldiers and military families had to live with, despite its negative consequences.
She explained that being a soldier’s wife or a retired soldier’s wife and a wellness expert, she understood the challenges associated with PTSD and its impact on military families and the nation.
Aisha narrated that her husband served the Nigerian Army for 27 years before he was overthrown in a coup d’état, fought civil war for 30 months without rehabilitation and ruled Nigeria for 20 months and was detained for 40 months without disclosing the nature of his offence.
She narrated further that one year after he came out from detention, “we were married, I clocked 19 years in his house as his wife, legitimately. I suffered the consequences of PTSD, because having gone through all these, and at the age of 19, to handle somebody, who was a former Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, to tell him that he is wrong is the first mistake you will make.
“So, at the age of 19, I had to figure out how to tell somebody of his calibre that he was wrong or right and that was the beginning of my offence in his house, and contesting elections in 2003 and failed, 2007, failed and 2011– all without rehabilitation-– I became a physiotherapist.”
Aisha added in the report by Thisday that “Finally, the whole nation rose against the misuse of power and bad governance. He only succeeded when it became a movement and here we are today. He ruled Nigeria before and he is ruling Nigeria now and this is the last time and final.
“Failing election for three times was a big blow to every contestant but those that have contested for just yesterday, a simple primary election, they are still living in a traumatic condition, I tried to console them, I tried to talk to them, some of them have switched off their phones up till today, just because of a primary election.
“You can imagine myself at 19 years, handling somebody that went to war, suffered coup d’état, then lost several elections, and, finally, getting to the Villa in the 2015. Also, for a woman to tell them that this is wrong or right in Nigeria and Africa is a problem.”