Wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Buhari, Vice President of Liberia, Her Excellency, Dr Jewel Taylor, the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Hon Stella Okotete, governors and dignitaries from across the country and the , unanimously agreed that the country’s future is dependent on actualising the potential of women.
Speaking at the APC national women conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari said the ruling party should double its efforts in promoting women.
The first lady said ahead of the 2023 polls, the party should ensure that women occupy decision-making bodies.
“Since 2015, I have had the privilege of engaging Nigerian women across the entire country,” she said.
“My conviction is that Nigeria’s future is entirely dependent on actualising the potential of our women. It is no mere coincidence that parties that have grown strong, prosperous and influential have prioritized Women’s participation in nation building.
“I therefore wish to call upon the APC to double its efforts in promoting women, this I believe, will serve as one of the objectives of this conference.
“As Nigeria races towards another election, we must go beyond paying lip service to putting women in vital offices within our party and the government. We must put in place workable strategies to ensure that this actually happens, charity begins at home.
“And so the APC must start by ensuring that women occupying strategic offices within the party have the most strategic roles in government. When this happens, it will become a lot easier for us to empower the Nigerian women for the much needed leadership politically and economically.
“There is no doubt that the future indeed looks bright as APC continues to lead our country. Women who have long been ignored and denied opportunities are now finding their voices gradually. This is a good omen for Nigeria, because when women shine, society shines.
“I think as women have gathered here today, we are being invited by the national woman leader, and women here cut across the country to answer the call.
“The governors are here, the ministers are here, the few women that are opportune to be ministers are here, the few women that are opportune to be head of government agencies and parastatals are here.
“Those that are opportune to be board members are here. APC has grown so much. We feel that they have done so much but we still need a little bit more. I think more needs to be done.”
In the same vein, the National Women Leader, Hon Stella Okotete, thanked the party and all the governors present and for the support they v been given especially in empowering women in their various states.
Okotete thanked the President and his wife for priortising concerns of women and assured that Nigerian women are ready for the general election next year.
She assured the women of more inclusiveness and promised that the digital women academy would serve as a veritable platform to empower them economically and politically.
Governors at the event include Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, Kebbi state governor among others.
Ministers, serving senators and mebers of House of Representatives, Minister of State for FCT, Minister of State for Education, Senator Florence Ita Giwa among others.