- The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has called for a greater participation of women in politics
- The wife of the president also called for unity and respect for party supremacy among APC women
- She expressed her support for the Buhari`s determination to change the fortunes of Nigerians
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday, August 29, called for greater participation of women in elective positions to ensure gender mainstreaming for sustainable development of Nigerian women.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the First Lady of Nigeria made this known when a Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) women leaders from the south east paid her a solidarity visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The women, comprising APC women coordinators from all the local governments and five states in the south east, led by the wife of Imo governor, Nkechi Okorocha, came under the auspices of APC south east women for Buhari.
She said women formed greater percentage of the voting population in Nigeria, hence the need for stakeholders to involve them in decision-making bodies.
According to her, the inclusion of of women will enable them to decide on issues affecting their lives, especially as it relates to maternal and child mortality rate as well as empowerment.
Buhari, who called for gender balancing in the activities of political parties, urged stakeholders to always respect party constitution as well as reward hard working members of the political parties, to ensure fairness.
The wife of the president called for unity and respect for party supremacy among APC women and charged them not be to discouraged as the future was right for Nigerian women.
In her remark, the leader of the delegation informed the gathering that the purpose f the visit was to congratulate the wife of the president on her recent award by the Sun Moon University in South Korea.
Okorocha also said that the group were convinced by the leadership qualities exhibited by the APC-led federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, especially in infrastructural development in the south east.
She expressed her support for the Buhari`s determination to change the fortunes of Nigerians and for the overall development of the country.
Also speaking, the coordinator, south east APC women for Buhari, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, who spoke on behalf of the women, said the group had over five million members across Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states.
Ibekaku-Nwagwu expressed their confidence on the president’s ability to rescue Nigeria from the menace of corruption and insecurity.
The event was attended by the senior special assistant to the president, Hajo Sani, former deputy governor of Plateau state, Pauline Tallen, APC national woman leader, Salamatu Baiwa, among others.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Aisha Buhari, the wife of president, said she criticised her husband and threatened to withdraw her support for his re-election bid because of her “sense of justice and not confrontation or disrespect.”
said in her acceptance letter to Vanguard Newspaper which made her its person of the year this week, that she didn’t intend to confront or disrespect the president.
Aisha Buhari drew worldwide attention when she criticised Muhammadu Buhari in an October 2016 interview with the BBC, saying she feared his administration was veering from its mandate to the people.
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