AKWA IBOM NIGERIA. The President’s wife Hajia Aisha Buhari, was in the state for the first time to flag off her project – (FAP) Future Assured Programme, organised in collaboration with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) to oversee the empowerment of over 11,00 women and youths of the state.
The drama occurred at the Victor Attah International Airport Uyo, when Mrs. Uloma Akpabio allegedly attempted to assume the responsibility of the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel. The action, it was gathered, prompted the protocol officers from the presidency to wade in.
It was gathered that while the door of the aircraft opened and the First Lady, Aisha Buhari was to alight from the aircraft, Mrs Akpabio suddenly stepped forward shoving aside Mrs. Martha Emmanuel in order to receive the President’s wife instead of Mrs Emmanuel.
Wife of the President H.E Mrs Aisha Buhari
This action led to the door of the aircraft being shut while the President’s wife retreated and waited inside until the senator’s wife was persuaded to stop further attempts to ridicule the state by her actions.
However, normalcy was restored after 25 minutes, and the aircraft doors were opened once again as Mrs Buhari stepped down to a warm embrace of Mrs Emmanuel who introduced her to other Akwa Ibom women there at the airport to receive her.
Meanwhile, many women societies members who witnessed the drama at the airport expressed displeasure at the show of shame and total breach of protocol by Mrs Unoma, Senator Akpabio’s wife.
First Lady Mrs Martha Emmanuel
Mrs Unoma Ekaete Akpabio
Those who spoke to journalists recounted that no former first lady in the state came to embarrass her throughout her tenure as first lady between 2007 and 2015, wondering why she forgot that her tenure expired in 2015.
“She received the wife of President Yaradua during her time, and also received Mrs. Patience Jonathan, no woman ever insulted her this way”, She lamented.
It had been speculated earlier that there was an attempt by the APC party to disrupt the protocol during the visit of Mrs Buhari, to score cheap political gains.