How I lost two children to sickle cell anemia – President Buhari reveals


President Muhammadu Buhari has narrated how he lost two children from his late first wife, Safinatu Buhari to sickle cell anaemia.

Buhari made this known in a documentary played at a private dinner organised by his family and close associates to mark his 80th birthday on Friday night at the State House Banquet Hall.

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

According to the President, he insisted that his second wife must be an AA genotype because of that.

Narrating his life experience, Buhari revealed that two of the children born to him by Safinatu, died as a result of complications of sickle cell anemia.

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

He added that he will not miss Aso Rock much, because he is being harassed, noting that his efforts to make the country better is not good enough and appreciated by some people.

“I wonder if I am going to miss much. I think I’m being harassed. I believe I’m trying my best but still my best is not good enough,” Buhari said.

“Because there are people around that think that they can intimidate me to get what they want instead of going through certain systems to earn whatever they want to earn. And they are some people who want to be clever by half.”