Wife of the Preasident, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has charged perpetrators of abductions and various harmful practices against women and girls to stop.
She was speaking during an event to mark the 2018 International Women’s Day yesterday at the National Center for Women Development, Abuja.
Aisha Buhari observed that for Nigeria, the day must be marked with a difference, considering the sad incident of the abductions of girls, especially the case of Chibok and Dapchi, which must take the national spotlight.
“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.
She introduced a local theme tagged, “Leave our daughters alone” which she said, is a strong call for the end of abductions, charging the media to own the campaign and spread the message.
She also charged wives of the governors to propagate the campaign in their various states, stating that the message must echo through all corners of Nigeria and be on everyone’s lips.
“Leave our daughters alone, leave our daughters alone, leave our daughters alone,” she said.
Speaking earlier, wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, while congratulating women as they celebrate the special day, said it was sad that the Nigerian women were ”witnessing the worst of times”.
Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development, Mary Ekpere-Eta, said this year, there was an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice.
She 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.
Goodwill messages were delivered by UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and a host of others.
Highlight of the event was an exhibition of women’s business products.