Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammad Buhari, has called on Boko haram Islamists and other terrorists groups to desist from abductions and various harmful practices against women and girls.
Mrs Buhari made the plea during an event earlier today to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day at the National Center for Women Development, Abuja.
The president’s wife called to mind the terrible incidents of the abduction of girls, especially the case of Chibok and Dapchi, describing it as a horror no parent, or child should live with, PT writes.
“As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the parents at this time, it is my sincere hope that efforts by government will soon lead to their release,” she said.
Introducing a local theme tagged, “Leave our daughters alone” Mrs Buhari charged the wives of the Governors and the media to own the campaign and spread message to end such violence against women and children as we’ve come to witness in Nigeria.
“Leave our daughters alone, leave our daughters alone, leave our daughters alone” she said, adding that it must be repeated until it echoes in all corners of the country.
In an earlier remark, wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, congratulated women as they celebrate the special day, saying it is sad that Nigerian women were ”witnessing the worst of times”.
She however remained optimistic on the plight of women as she noted that they (women) are also witnessing the best of times in many respects.
Director-General of the National Center for Women Development, Mary Ekpere-Eta, drew attention to the plight of rural women, who despite their hard work lack basic infrastructure and services, decent work and social protection, and are left more vulnerable to the effects of climate change
She called for urgent action to reverse this trend and ensure better life for the rural women.