Aisha Buhari advocates increased women participation in politics

Timothy Choji, Abuja


Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has called on more women to participate in politics, so as to make it easy to actualize the 35 percent affirmative action.

She added that the role of women has been identified as one of the important determinants of development in any administration.

Mrs. Buhari made the remark while receiving All Progressives Congress, APC State Women Leaders, who paid her a courtesy visit on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She called on the Women Leaders to mobilize female members of the APC across the country and also encourage candidates with capacity for leadership and integrity to contest for elective positions in order to achieve this.

The wife of the President commended the Women Leaders over the unity they have exhibited, saying it has given her courage.

“It is this unity that has led you to come up with a forum to speak with one voice. I hope this unity will endure, even among women at the state level and at the grassroots. I urge you to continue to support the activities of the party,” Mrs  Buhari said.

She further said all the empowerment and medical outreach programmes she undertakes through her pet project, the Future Assured programme are not only to complement the APC manifesto but to ensure more inclusion and economic empowerment among women.

Speaking earlier, The APC Women Leader for the Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Hailmary Aipoh recognized the motherly role of Mrs. Buhari, saying they are proud to have her as mother of the nation.

She said as mobilizers of women at the grassroots, they are witnesses to the good things she is doing especially women empowerment.

Mrs Aipoh expressed optimism that the party will succeed in executing its programmes and “very soon there will be testimonies from Nigerians and we have resolved to support the good works of the APC.”

Also speaking at the event, the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo commended the existing unity among the Women Leaders and urged them to continue to show good example by managing the affairs of women in their states well.