Standing next to him, the German chancellor Angela Merkel give him a short glare and then laughed, the Associated Press reported.

Buhari also espoused his political experience, reminding his wife of 27 years that he was elected president in his fourth effort. Buhari was a military dictator in the 1980s but was elected in 2015 on the hope of rooting out the corruption and government inefficiency that characterized the administration of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

“So I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition because in the end, I have succeeded. It’s not easy to satisfy the whole Nigerian opposition parties or to participate in the government,” Buhari said.

The president’s spokesperson tweeted that the comment was meant as a joke, that president Buhari respects the place of women in Nigerian society.

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