Wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari caused a social media storm for carrying a black crocodile skin Hermes Birkin handbag, as Nigerians on Thursday took to different social media platforms to express their mixed feelings.
Mrs. Buhari was spotted with the 35cm Porosus Crocodile bag, which is estimated to cost anywhere between $50,000 and $300,000, at the airport in Washington D.C., when she arrived the United States Wednesday for some engagements.
A Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin bag was reportedly auctioned for $432,000 recently.
The news, which was broken by an online media, The Signal, tweeting from @thesignalng, set the Twitter-sphere ablaze with the discovery.
The tweet read: “Aisha Buhari spotted in the US with a Hermes Gold Bag worth $105,000 (N40,950,000) at $1 to N390.
“Further checks by Signal on Thursday revealed that the exact pink version of Aisha Buhari’s Hermes handbag was auctioned in 2015 for $222,912 (N86,935,680) at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.”
If true, given the economic recession the country is currently facing, the news of Mrs. Buhari toting the Crocodile Gold Hardware bag provided fodder for controversy.