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Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the spate of kidnappings in the country and its negative effect on girl-child education.
The First Lady said this in a statement posted on her social media to commemorate the International Women’s Day on Monday.
She also called on stakeholders to charge of the battle against insurgency and ensure the safety of women wherever they are because “as a mother I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families”.
“Today marks the 2021 edition of International Women’s Day. The day offers yet another opportunity for humanity to review and reflect progress made on issues of women and girls. This year’s theme: Women In Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World is a strong call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women: disrupted education and careers, lost jobs, descent into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence. Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic. It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another.
“Away from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits. As a mother I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families. I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages.
“I call on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring these abductions to an end and to assure us that girls are safe anywhere they may find themselves.
“My best wishes to women all over the world for their resilience, hard work and commitment to the progress of humanity.
Mrs Buhari has been away from the public scene since late 2020 after the marriage of one of her daughters, Hanan in September 2020.