Women politicians under the auspices of the Women in Politics Forum (WIPF) has reemphasised its call for justice for the death of Salome Acheju Abuh, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Leader whose house was ambushed and burnt down while she was inside, during the Kogi state governorship election.
Its National President Ebere Ifendu made the demand while briefing the media in Abuja at the end of a panel session on women in politics during the national women’s dialoque titled “Womanifesto” held on the theme “The Nigeria Women Want”.
Ifendu decried the slow pace of women in politics due to violence of such, stressing that if this case is not handled properly it will further reduce the number of women participating in politics which in turn stallsvtjeir contribution to national development.
“There must be justisce for Salome because this is a huge crime against women, we are still struggling to find our feet with all the challenges women face and now this.
“We are afraid and going down on a daily basis but there must be justice to give us reasons to continue. We hold Inspector General of Police accountable, we will follow the prosecution because somebody must pay for that gruesome murder,” she said.
” If we fail Salome we fail ourselves but if there is justuce we know that she didnt die in vein. Women should not run away from politics because of this because if we do we are helping them achieve their aim,” she added.
Ifendu stressed further the need for a violence free society saying this is the only way to a bright future for women in politics.
She however stressed the need for the electoral act to be passed, adding that political parties should also ensure internal party democracy where people have equal fields to contest for any position.
“In fact what women are demanding now is twinning. That is a situation whereby when we have male president a woman should be Vice and so at all levels of governance,” she said.
Similarly, the National Coordinator 100 Women Lobby Group Mrs. Felicia Onibon, blamed the challenges women face on patriarchy, urging women and all stakeholders to hold the ace and unbundle it so women can move forward.
Also speaking, a female politician from Cross River state Eucharia Bisong lamented the death of Salome Abuh stressing however that women will not give up the struggle because only the tough can go far.