Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that women in Nigeria will not rest in their fight for parity with men until success is completely achieved.
According to her, the struggle for gender parity in Nigeria has been a long standing one, with as many shortcomings as there are successes, “but we will continue the struggle until we reach a situation where the interests of women are protected and achieved.”
Mrs. Aisha Buhari, who spoke today, Tuesday, when she received in audience members of the Resuscitation Committee of the Jam’iyyar Matan Arewa, a Non-Governmental Organization, advised women to use their voting power to influence the entrenchment of democratic values of probity, accountability and the rule of law in order to guarantee peace, stability and growth in Nigeria.
The President wife asked the association to encourage women not just to select the best candidates and vote for them, but to also contest elective offices themselves, adding: “it is easier to make a difference than to elect someone else to do so.” She said.
She commended the NGO for thriving for over 50 years, saying she is optimistic that the dreams of the founders of the NGO will come to fruition.
Earlier, the Chairperson, Mrs. Aisha Pamela Sadauki, said the NGO has over the years made its mark by supporting the cause of women and made contribution towards addressing societal challenges of street children, drug abuse, school drop outs among girls and low political participation by women.
She said that the NGO will continue to be an advocate in these areas. Even as she commended the work Mrs. Buhari is doing for women and children through the Future Assured Programme, promising to support her in this regard.
The organization later decorated Mrs. Aisha Buhari as Grand Patron of the Association.