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“I am proud to be in the kitchen and even the other room” – Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Sen. Binta Garba

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Senator Binta Masi Garba

President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that his wife belongs to his kitchen, the living room and the other room, was the subject of jokes about three times on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

During yesterday’s sitting which lasted for less than two hours, the president’s statement became a joking subject three times.

The deputy whip of the Senate, Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South), while contributing to the debate on the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls, said that “as we (women) stand, not only in the kitchen, but in the Senate and also, in every important place, we believe that the men will support us to achieve our goals that our girls remain girls and are also able to aspire to be whatever they want to be in Nigeria.”

Apparently responding to her, the chairman, Senate committee on women affairs, Senator Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North), said: “My primary constituency is to be in the Kitchen before even being in the senate, as a woman. And I am proud to be in the Kitchen and even the other room”.

Again, while contributing to the debate on confirmation of the Supreme Court justices, Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe South), said that the responsibility of women was not limited to kitchen and “the other room.”

53 Comments

  1. Loki

    October 20, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Sigh…I admire this woman…it can’t be easy being dumb enough to be brainwashed to this level…. But then again, this is the reality she knows, so can anyone really blame her?

    • Kanyin

      October 20, 2016 at 11:44 am

      My problem with your comment is you calling her dumb because of her choice/belief.
      She is a senator and she’s obviously doing ok.
      Believing that her primary constituency is her kitchen and other rooms doesn’t make her dumb or brainwashed.

    • LemmeRant

      October 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      But then again, she’s a feminist which really means anybody who doesn’t agree with me is dumb.

    • Iris

      October 20, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      I understand what you’re saying, but I really wish the senator had started with ‘For me personally…’ or something like that. We are already in a country where most men and women believe a woman’s primary place is the kitchen – and most importantly – that it is not an issue of choice, it is by force. Comments like hers only reinforce that behaviour.

    • Derin87

      October 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

      @Iris in the English language, the term ‘me’/my’ is personal. Saying ‘me personally’ is not good english, you either say ‘personally’ or ‘me’. So don’t fault her based on your lack of comprehension 🙂

    • Corolla

      October 20, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      It’s her choice to embrace the kitchen! Me on the other hand, I belive kitchen and general domestic duties should not be reserved for females only.

    • Sultana

      October 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Hahaha! people should just remain silent. She abandoned her husband in barnawa And went to do abuja marriage. So please which of the kitchens is she referring to? The man is walking the streets as dejected as can be after investing his life in her with nothing to show. Mtsheeww.

      People wee just be forming nonsense forgetting that nothing is hidden under the sun

    • correct

      October 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      You call a woman senator in Nigeria dumb? Do u know how many men she defeated to get to that place? Do you her level of education/achievements in life that enabled her climb to that height. Madam sensible what have you done with your life? A faceless person hiding begin your cheap China phone to make useless comments. If ever have the privilege of standing before her…would be courageous enof to repeat this rubbish u just said?

    • Loki

      October 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Clearly, you think everybody is as feckless as yourself. You’re a waste of space.

    • mujer

      October 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Ditto. I think she has declared herself unavailable for the job she holds because while she was running her mouth on the senate floor, who was cooking and preparing to service oga? The house help? She should resign so that she can be on call for her kitchen and other room duties when and as needed.

    • Es

      October 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I totally agree. That is the same way that women in certain regions of Africa, encourage and insist on Female Genital Mutilation because it’s the right thing to do. This act wasn’t created by women, why would women want to harm themselves? It was created by men to mute and silence the sexual urges of women so that only men will control when a woman has sex. But they have brainwashed women to think it’s the right thing to do and so now, the woman do it themselves and encourage their daughters etc … That’s the same thing happening here. Some of us cannot be saved.

  2. Nuna

    October 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Good for her.
    The most important fact is that it is her CHOICE, and no one is forcing her.

  3. Paul Adeyemo

    October 20, 2016 at 11:09 am

    A woman’s primary constituency according to the Bible as a Christian is her home which includes the kitchen. Her secondary role is to support her husband if she can, it’s not mandatory. I understand the hardship in Nigeria which has necessitated many women to work but that is never an excuse to forget your primary constituency. In the western world, women are encouraged to nurture their children by been home makers, various incentives are given to them including a pathway to return to work after their children have grown.

    • Kanyin

      October 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

      “If she can”??? I guess your support implies monetary/financial Support. only. Which is wrong.
      A man and a woman’s primary constituency should be the home. Not only the woman Incle Paul.
      A woman’s place is not in the kitchen or other rooms.
      Thank you.

    • mua

      October 20, 2016 at 11:43 am

      lol @ ”primary constituency”

    • slice

      October 20, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      The Bible says no such thing

    • Cindy

      October 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      I hope the same economic hardship is enough excuse for men to contribute around the home.

    • Katiana

      October 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Paul please, your comment hurts. A woman deserves to be anywhere. She is not limited to the kitchen or whatever. Even if the husband/economy is doing great she can work if she wants to, provided the choice pleases her. A WOMAN deserves to be in any position/place she dreams of and wishes to be in. SHE TOO IS HUMAN!

    • Corolla

      October 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      @Paul Adeyemo, of course you will use the bible to back up your flawed argument.

      When it comes to financial contribution, you expect the role of the woman to evolve, but you are against a shift in the man’s role on the home front? How on earth does this make sense to you? Anyway, you are a man, the gender caste system works for you and you benefit immensely from it, so I don’t expect you to think critically and see things differently.

    • FinchleysFinest

      October 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Excuse me Sir… Where in the bible did God limit the females “Constituency” to the kitchen.. Biko.. stop it…. stop it and stop it…. this ignorance is getting out of hand… Its only with some Nigerian men that the female own the kitchen. The kitchen is for the husband and wife… I am an adult and MALE too… Every other room is for the husband and wife… STOP it…..

    • Californiabawlar

      October 20, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      lol…calm down guys! He didn’t quote any scriptures…you know why? ‘the Bible doesn’t say any of these things. Pastors and their wives came up with all these rhetorics to make the Daddy GO and Mummy GO dreams more marketable.

      But that’s not even the point…quick question, Brother Paul so you’re a Christian? I have to say that I’ve ever noted anything Christ like about you…so I hope you’d understand when I find everything you wrote as all a load of soakaway-grade bullshit.

    • Femme.

      October 20, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      The way @Paul Adeyemo keeps misquoting and perverting the Word of God to suit his own ends, I hope he realises that “”for every word a man speaks, he shall give account.””

      he says: “‘A woman’s PRIMARY constituency ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE as a Christian IS HER HOME which includes the kitchen. Her SECONDARY role is to support HER HUSBAND if she can, IT’S NOT MANDATORY.”” (the spelling of “”it’s”” is @Paul’s)

      I think every Sunday School kindergarten Christian and/or Bible student would know that the PRIMARY cause for the creation of woman was because “”there was no HELP meet/suitable found for the man.”””Therefore, God decided to “”make him a help suitable for him.””

      Therefore, according to the Bible, a WIFE’S PRIMARY constituency is her own husband.

      (NB. Adam and Eve were husband and wife and bore children together, God brought the man his wife. Not that the primary constituency of every woman is every man.)

      A wife’s husband is NOT her “”secondary”” but her primary role.

      A wife’s “”support”” of her own husband is NOT a case of “”IF she can””.
      “”So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his RIBS and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God FASHIONED INTO THE WOMAN THE RIB which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.”” A wife’s ability and desire to “”support”” her own husband is inbuilt. A PRIMARY function of a RIB is “”support””. Primary, NOT “”secondary””.

      And, yes, it IS “”mandatory”” for a wife to support her own husband, “”according to the Bible””, since she was created as a “”suitable help”” for her husband.

      Kindly note that in addition, BOTH the husband and his wife, both the man and the woman were given a joint assignment and mission to carry out by the Almighty God. He didn’t command the man to solely “”be fruitful, SUBDUE the earth, HAVE DOMINION, etc”” and the wife/woman to help him to do so. NO. Both man AND woman are to be fruitful (in all things), fill the earth, subdue, have dominion, to the glory of God.

  4. Nneoma

    October 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Dear Ma, if your primary constituency is your kitchen even before the Senate then you have absolutely no business representing people at the senate. They elected you to make their views your primary responsibility at the senate. If the kitchen remains your primary responsibility, then you are failing your constituents and as such should resign and leave the floor for some other more dedicated person. Madam, you are the problem we have in the fight for feminism, when the opportunity is given for women to show themselves strong, people like you undermine that strength by saying your home affairs supersede public office. O di mma, oya come out of public office and keep cooking, let’s look for someone who is well and truly dedicated to representing her people. Tell me how the lives and views of the thousands of Nigerians you represent can be less important than what goes on in your cooking pot? Tufia!

    • tunmi

      October 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you. Why not focus on your primary constituency? Women are definitely making great strides there. Has she seen the many food blogs by Nigerian women. Senators Olujimi and Ládánì spoke well, this Garba lady…..

    • Feminine.

      October 20, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      “”Senator Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North), said: “My primary constituency is to be in the Kitchen before even being in the senate, as a woman. And I am proud to be in the Kitchen and even the other room”.””

      There wouldn’t be so much wrong with her statement if she had just added 5 more words i.e. “”Senator Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North), said: “My primary constituency is to be in the Kitchen before even being in the senate, as a woman. And I am proud to be in the Kitchen and even the other room, AS WELL AS THE SENATE”.

      She has every right to take the kitchen as her primary constituency as a woman, however, as an elected official to public office, in that hallowed chamber, her primary constituency MUST be the people who elected her there so she could make them her primary constituency there. They are not expecting or seeking to be her primary constituency in her marriage and home. And, if ever, an issue arises where her marriage and home, and the electorate who elected her/her job in the Senate are brought to loggerheads, when it comes to a choice, it is her right to choose her marriage and home over her elective office and resign, rather than stay on in public office and keep putting second to her marriage and home/kitchen, rather than to keep shortchanging the public who sent her there with the assignment to represent them, be their voice and fight and champion their issues.

  5. Mr. Egghead

    October 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

    They are not mutually exclusive

  6. BK

    October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

    But if her marriage breaks down now, you people will say a woman that cannot even hold her own home is not fit to lead a whole constituency. I tire

  7. le coco

    October 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

    My problem is that this woman appeared asif she was mocking the other lady who first spoke.. If you like me in kitchen.. If you like.. be in the toilet.. that’s your cup of zobo..

    and the way she days “as a woman” is worrisome.. The prI mary responsibility of both husband and wife is in the home.. that a man is working does nt mean he values the work more than his family.. after all why is he working..

  8. that-i-may-fly

    October 20, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    We have a lot of re-educating to do. When she said her primary constituency is the kitchen, was that really her choice or one she was internalised to choose and believe to be her primary purpose? We need to examine the so-called choice she was given to choose. The family is crucial to the development of the society and it should be the primary focus of the man and the woman EQUALLY!

    • anonymous

      October 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      She has said it is her choice, and she is proud of it. Her mental faculty is not impaired.
      You may not know but it is possible for somebody to have a different set of life choices.

  9. Paul Adeyemo

    October 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Feminist as usual twisting words.

  10. rain

    October 20, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    foolish woman…go and live in da oza room and kitchen …dumb

  11. Caramel chic

    October 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t understand what the whoo ha is

    If a women feels her place is to be in the kitchen. ..why the heck is that to be deamed as not strong?…enough… and if she wants her primary role to be in a corporate office…..then that’s fine. IT appears to me the biggest issue are women trying to find their identity and self worth in these roles and seeking violation from those around them rather than just as an individual who loves her life and her choices

  12. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    October 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This is one of those women (Obedient wife) who is trying very hard to prevent the hand of the clock from moving forward. ( Enemy of progress ) Despite all the progress made by the generations of female freedom fighters before her, who taught tirelessly to attain the meager gender equality women certain parts of the were enjoying today. What can anybody do? To stop our dear Senator Binta Garba from sticking her foot in her mouth? What a darnedest thing for a woman, any woman to say in 2016?. Is she saying this nonesence to pacify all the male chauvinists in her electoral district, to guarantee her re-election? Time shall tell.

  13. May Baby

    October 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Sigh….. we are in dire need of intelligent, forward-thinking women in the senate. Why is Sen Garba setting women back another 50 years? It is hard enough as it is. @ Paul Adeyemo, the bible says no such thing. Please stop twisting the word of God. If you must make such claims, take heed to quote the exact verse that says such.

  14. correct

    October 20, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    On point madam senator. The African woman has always had the strength to win on all fronts, family + career included. We have numerous examples…okonjo nweala, oby ekwesili, Dora akunli, are just a few examples.
    As usual the feminist would say you have the right to do you, yet people re gathering hereto debate this womans choice.
    Someone called her dumb..I laff in Chinese. Do u know what it takes to be a senator in Nigeria. Do you know how many would kill to get that position?

  15. Bubu

    October 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    The way people carry this Kitchen matter its not that deep. How many women spend the whole day cooking, its a God given role but women are out there most of the day working, either as a market woman, a woman that owns a restaurant Aka Mama put, a banker, an Entrepreneur, a politician and so on. We just know its our role to provide food for the household and we naturally do all these things with ease. Please let’s chill on this Women belong to the kitchen issue, its not that deep.

    • Corolla

      October 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      “We just know its our role to provide food for the household”. No, the society has evaded our psyche and conditioned us to think it is exclusively our role.
      It is the role of both adults in a marital union to provide food and take care of the home front. If this isn’t such a big deal, why aren’t men stepping up?

    • newbie

      October 20, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      It is deep because the context in which Buhari said it makes it so. He essentially said she had no business commenting on how the country is governed, and should limit herself and her commentary to matters of to the home (a.k.a. kitchen, living room, other rooms). If that is not deep then I wonder what you will consider deep!

  16. Natu

    October 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Truth be told no one has the ability to change anybody. Do what works for you. If you are a woman that loves the kitchen that is fine. We must also remenber that there are women who do not desire to be in the kitchen e.g. Natu. I thrive and derive joy in the boardroom. I love and respect that room!!! I am myself and the possibilities for excellence are unlimited.
    You can also excel in your kitchen if that is your desire. You can cook the meanest jollof rice and be the best dish washer!!!

  17. Bubu

    October 20, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Mr Paul Adeyemo Please read Prov 31 and take time to meditate, u will realise God gave women more work in impacting the society. It goes beyond the home, women are nation builders. In fact the bible says her husband is known because of her, that is how important women her so our role goes beyond the Kitchen and the oza room (lol).

  18. #MadeInNaija

    October 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    PMB started by saying “”my wife””. and not “”my woman or our women””… Wife is a choice for any woman and note that getting or staying married is not compulsory for men/womenfolk. The day, you feel your partner is not worthy of your love or respect anymore, take the door and have your peace. If you are ready for marriage as a woman, submission to man ( as the head of the family) should be a given and stress-free (just like the day you accepted his marriage proposal with joy & happiness). Likewise for a man, you do not have a choice but to provide for your family. Your duty as a wife is to take care of the home while the man provides you with the funds. If you have a career as a woman, there should be a work-family balance, otherwise your marriage is headed for the rocks. Gender equality does not convey the role of getting pregnant to the husband nor does it make the wife the head of the family. Good afternoon Lagos.

    • Xoxo

      October 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      PLEASE KEEP QUIET.

  19. Idomagirl

    October 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    The funny thing about these influential Nigerian women who like to announce to the public how much they love the kitchen bla,bla,bla is that most of them are lying.
    If you’re close to them you know they do not do these things, they don’t set foot in their kitchens cos they have an army of servants doing all that for them, the most they do is instruct them on what to cook.

    So why the need to tell lies in public?
    To pander to a patriarchal society that only rewards women who are seen as subservient and “virtuous”?

    As a senator, no one cares if you love your kitchen, what your constituents want to know is how well you are representing them.
    What are you doing with the constituency allowances you are receiving?
    That’s what’s important not whether or not you think you belong in a kitchen.

    • Manny

      October 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      You have said it all.
      {To pander to a patriarchal society that only rewards women who are seen as subservient and “virtuous”?}

      I can bet you that woman hasn’t set foot in her kitchen in months

  20. Mira

    October 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    The subjugation is deafening. Even Olujimi had to tread carefully. Look at the apologetic way she spoke!

    I guess the GEO bill, getting passed, isn’t looking promising; with these attitude displayed by those who should know better.

  21. Yinka

    October 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Meanwhile, talking of kitchen, ladies o suggestions on what I can cook for my wife this weekend after she has had a stressful week travelling for work, and maybe a brother might get lucky and get some booty

    • Nedoux

      October 20, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Lol… Fresh fish peppersoup and pounded yam. 🙂

    • Nuna

      October 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

      lool so cute.
      Fried rice and grilled chicken is always a winne

  22. yemite

    October 20, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Until woman denied in politics before we can have a good leader. Very very very bitter but that is just the truth…

  23. Engoz

    October 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I saw the headline this morning and I just rolled my eyes and said na she sabi abeg. Unfortunately for me, I just watched the clip and if we are to epitomize the word BITCH, it’s in the form of Binta Masi Garba.

    Senator Biodun Olujimi comments were even too placating to my ears. However, it was persuasive, avoiding controversy. I can manage that. It however did not warrant that backhand statement from Binta Masi Garba. The body language, the eye rolling, the passive aggression..typical evil, gangster aura. What a vile, VILE woman! So funny that we don’t hear about Binta Masi Garba on ground breaking policy changes, but she is breaking into the news based on kitchen matters, lmao. At least Senator Olujimi introduced the Gender Equality bill and has given us an insight into the ‘intellect’ of the people we elected to pass laws. The intellect which summarizes the bill as an avenue for women to become lesbians, prostitutes and engage in sexual orgies. Binta on the other hand did not break the news during this period. She however found her ‘voice’ because Olujimi said girls don’t ONLY belong in the kitchen. And Binta is the chairman for the senate committee on WOMEN AFFAIRS. Lmao!!!!

    We focus too much on the presidency when it comes to elections. Forgetting the vile association of vultures in the senate. A prime determinant to vote for any person in the presidency or senate will be to check their views on gender equality. This will be a good starting point to weed out the riffraff.

  24. nnenne

    October 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

    She can occupy whatever space she wishes as loo ng as she does her job as a senator well.
    A good senator’s job doesn’t stop after 8 hours They mingle with their constituency, organize and attend town halls, keep in touch with critical issues in their constituency. Make appiintments and see citizens even off work hours as needed….weekends , holidays.
    In societies where people honesly earn their salaries, not anymore struggles to be in a administrative or political position because it is very demanding. especially if you are the care giver in your family( man or woman )

    My hope is that her job does not suffers as Madam is occurring all these spaces .
    We all know how an average Nigerian public servant works!
    Whatever she does with her life is her business as long as we are not paying her as a senator for lateness, leaving work early, absenteeism, and not being actively involved on the job.
    What is worth doing is worth doing well!!!

  25. Iyaloja central

    October 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    With women making all this comments above, I see divorce lawyers making a lot of money! I might as well change my career to family law so I can cash into this new trend.

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