Members of the Nigerian electorate have mocked their new President Muhammadu Buhari’s 'man of the people' image after his wife was photographed wearing an expensive-looking watch.
The former military leader beat the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathon in Nigeria’s election this year and he reportedly crowd-sourced some of the funds to run his campaign.
Mr Buhari said this ensured his “strength came from the ordinary people" and the move helped pit him as a more relatable candidate in the election, according to the BBC. He also reportedly used his own financial reserves to pay to register as a candidate.
However, an image shared by photographer George Okoro of the First Lady Aisha Buhari upset this perception somewhat when Instagram users spotted a watch on her wrist which was identified in Nigerian press as a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-carat white gold diamond model.
If real, the watch could be worth an estimated $50,000 (£32,000) – although replica versions are on sale for as little as $100.
It is not known whether the First Lady's is real or a replica, but she has been mentioned in almost 9,000 tweets within the past two days.
One user asked: “If the president borrowed 24m to buy APC form, where did Aisha Buhari get 10m to buy watch?"
Others defended Ms Buhari and the President, with one writing: “Aisha Buhari became First Lady on 29 May. It's not your business what happened in their lives before then. This is not how to be opposition.”
Another added: "Aisha Buhari didn't use Nigeria's money to buy her watch so what exactly is the problem? Am i missing something? Why is it a big deal?"
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