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Why Buhari insisted his wife, Aisha, must be AA genotype

Why Buhari insisted his wife, Aisha, must be AA genotype

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that he insisted on having a wife with AA genotype before he married his current wife, Aisha Buhari.

He said he lost two children to sickle cells and it was tragic for him.

Speaking on his personal life in a documentary shown on Friday, the President revealed that he lost two of his children by his late wife, Safinatu, to sickle cell anemia.

This explained why, at the time he married Aisha, he insisted his second wife must be AA genotype so that his children would not inherit the S from his AS genotype.

Muhammadu Buhari, wife, Aisha Buhari, Safinatu Buhari, First wife, AA genotype, sickle cell anemia
Buhari and Aisha

Safinatu was a Nigerian teacher and First Lady of Nigeria from 1983 to 1985. She was the first wife of Muhammadu Buhari.

She met Muhammadu Buhari at the age of 14 and they married in 1971 when she was 18. They had 5 children namely; Zulaihatu (deceased), Magajiya-Fatima, Hadizatu-Nana, Safinatu Lami and Musa (deceased).

When Muhammadu Buhari’s government was overthrown by Ibrahim Babangida, she relocated to Kaduna with her children. However, they divorced in 1988.

Buhari stated that he made a conscious effort that his next wife, Aisha, had to have the AA genotype.

 

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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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