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Nigerians furious at First Lady’s Sh5 million wrist watch

Nigerians online reacted angrily to their new First Lady wearing what they called a 10million Naira watch despite her husband raising campaign money from ordinary voters.

Photos of Aisha Buhari wearing a watch that Nigerian media identified as a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch that that retails at $52,000 (Sh 5,026,320) have irked many online.

The photos were first shared on Instagram by the First Lady’s photographer George Okoro who said the main photo showing the timepiece was to form the first official portrait of Mrs Buhari.

Aishat Alubankudi, a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has however denied the claims stating that the real price of the wristwatch is only $129 (Sh12,469).

This did not go down well with Nigerians on Twitter who started a hashtag #CartierGate to express their views.


Stanley Nwabia, @MrStanleyNwabia tweeted, “#CartierGate APC peeps are telling us that Aisha Buhari’s watch was just a cheap replica of the original. This narrative makes them happier?”

Others speculated that the watch could have been a gift presented to the First Lady.

Adunni Temitoppe, @sexyadunni tweeted, “Though that expensive watch might be a gift but she could have rejected it since her husband is fighting these corrupt guys #cartiergate.”

Olamide Oladele, @Lammydel07 tweeted, “If only Aisha had known someone would zoom on her 10.4m wristwatch, she would have worn Michael Kors jeje. Or Longines. #Cartiergate.”

In March, Muhammadu Buhari was elected as Nigeria’s new president after a campaign which took a strong anti-corruption stance.

Buhari underlined his humble credentials by raising money from ordinary voters and was branded the ‘people’s president.’