President Muhammadu Buhari campaigned on the note that he was a common man.
Aisha Buhari and her husband played the card of modesty while campaigning for presidency.
They both claimed the family owned just 150 cows.
To the consternation of Nigerians, Aisha Buhari wore a Cartier Baignoire Folle 18-Carat White Gold Diamond Ladies Watch during Buhari’s inauguration.
The cost of that watch is estimated at over ₦10 million naira.
Again, the president’s wife slayed again.
This time around, she donned a black crocodile skin Hermes Birkin handbag.
The 35cm Porosus Crocodile bag costs between $50,000 and $300,000!
With the current official exchange rate, the bag costs between ₦50 – ₦90 million naira!
She was spotted at the airport in Washington D.C. with the bag.
A Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin bag was auctioned for $432,000 recently.
Given the economic recession the country is currently facing, Aisha’s bag and many others has sent social media abuzz.
So what’s the big deal in Aisha Buhari dotting a bag that expensive?
Well, we were told they were poor.
We were told they had just 150 cows.
We were told they owned just two houses.
The Hermis Birkin bag is a personal accessory of luggage.
The entire handbag is handcrafted with utmost precision.
The bag is currently in fashion as a symbol of wealth due to its high price and use by celebrities.
Costs escalate according to the type of leather and if exotic skins were used.
The bags are distributed to Hermès boutiques on unpredictable schedules and in limited quantities.
Only few person own the bag due to its scarcity and exclusivity.
Small versions (25 cm) may be considered a handbag or purse.
The President wife may dote a N500 million bag for all we care.
But doing so under the current economic hardship is something to worry about.