The Federation of Muslim Women’s Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN has urged women to join the fight against corruption championed by the Nigerian Government.
The Association says women are mostly at the receiving end of corruption malpractices in the Country considering their roles as mothers and wives.
The National Amira, Hajiya Badiyya Sodangi made the assertion when she received in audience the Executive Director of The Just Foundation, Imam Fuad Adeyemi, in her office in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
Represented by her deputy, Malama Nafisatu Musa Isa, the Amira said the menace of corruption has eaten down into the Nation’s system, hence the need to support organizations like The Just Foundation in the fight.
According to her, “the fight against corruption should not be left for the government to tackle alone”.
“Some men due to corruption have lost their means of livelihood either as a result of non-payment of salaries or closure of working places, thereby living the wives to cater for their families’’, she explained.
The Amirah noted that such women are left to cater for the responsibilities of their families which are an extra burden to them.
Hajiya Badiyya said Islam condemns corrupt practices in totality so The Just Foundation is fighting a cause enshrined in the scriptures.
She further disclosed that one aspect of corrupt practices that is bothering FOMWAN is drug abuse, especially amongst youth and women, adding that, if not for corruption, the addicts will not get access to illicit drugs.
“FOMWAN in its little way has been fighting corruption by sensitizing women on the negative impacts of corrupt practices, training them in skills acquisition to make them useful to themselves and the society; and also providing them with soft loans to establish their businesses”.
The Amira pledged that FOMWAN would partner with any organization that is in the forefront of fighting corrupt practices in the Nation; adding that the Foundation is at the right place at the right time.
In his remarks, Imam Fuad Adeyemi said the fight against corruption in Nigeria is everybody’s business because the menace has affected all aspects of the society and is gradually destroying the country if something urgent is not done.
He added that the Foundation decided to bring FOMWAN on board to join the crusade due to the high reputation accorded the Association.
“We need FOMWAN to present five of its members who are to be trained in area of capacity building to fight corruption, and to monitor budgets and projects locations that were given deadlines”.
The Just Foundation is being sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation and is expected to last for three years.