Friday, June 19, 2015

The Nigerian First Lady

Many Nigerians were enraged recently over a watch first lady Aisha Buhari wore during her husband's inauguration ceremonies. She wore a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch, estimated to have cost roughly $52,000, or more than what President Muhammadu Buhari earns in three months from his official salary. 

The timepiece triggered outrage from some Nigerians as the newly elected president has vowed to crackdown on government corruption, including overpaid public officials. Buhari played up his modest background while on the campaign trail, claiming he was a pastoral farmer with 150 cows who could barely afford to pay for his presidential nomination form. More than 50 percent of Nigerians live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day, according to the United Nations.

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