From the president’s wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, came yesterday words of comfort for the distraught parents of all abducted schoolgirls. Mrs. Buhari said she shared in their sorrow and agony.
She said she shared the agony of especially parents of the abducted Chibok and Dapchi school girls.
She spoke in Abuja while delivering a speech she titled: “Leave Our Daughters Alone’’, to mark the 2018 International Women`s Day.
”As a mother, I share (in) the sorrow and agony which the parents are going through up to this moment.
“I am aware of the efforts being made for the release of the remaining Chibok girls as well as the recently (abducted) Dapchi girls.
“It is my sincere hope that the efforts will yield positive results.”
The wife of the President said that the abductions had further exposed the long-standing evil perpetrated against women in the society.
Mrs. Buhari called on stakeholders, especially the media, to stand against the “disturbing issue’’.
”It is a disturbing issue for which we must put heads together, pray, speak out, show concern and ensure that the situation comes an end.’’
She called on Nigerians, especially the media, to join the campaign against all forms of abduction and maltreatment of the Nigerian woman.
Mrs Buhari said it was unfortunate that celebration of the 2018 International Women’s Day came with pains and agony following the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls.
She also expressed concern over the use of young girls by insurgents to carry out suicide bombing.
She, however, congratulated Nigerian women for successfully marking the Day and prayed for greater opportunities for the Nigerian woman.
The wife of the President also prayed for women to have equal opportunities in governance as their male counterparts.
The wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, said the 2018 event came in a very happy and worst situation, considering the progress made by Nigerian team at the winter Olympic as well as the abduction of the Dapchi girls.
Mrs Osinbajo also called for equal opportunity to the women.
The United Nations set aside March 8, of every year to mark the International Women’s Day.
The event was organised by the National Centre for Women Development in collaboration with the wife of the President.