Nigeria Women are seeking support for their colleagues contesting for political posts during elections.
The plea was made at the 2018 Mothers Summit organised by the wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano in Awka with the theme, ‘Sustaining Women participation in Politics, prospects and challenges’.
The event was graced by wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dalapo Osinbajo, wife of former President, Barrister Bola Obasanjo, wives of Governors of Enugu and Delta State, Mrs Monica Ugwuenyi and Mrs. Edeth Okowa; Minister of Women Affairs and Social welfare, Senator Aisha Alhassan, former Governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Efioba, member representing Orumba South and Chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs, Anambra House of Assembly, Nikky Ugochukwu among others.
Wife of the Vice President, Dalapo Osibanjo said she came to encourage women to take their destiny in their hands to enable them make positive changes in the polity.
Mrs Osibanjo stated that the future of children would be secured, saying that ”over the years, women have proven to be effective managers at home and offices.”
”I want you to not only show interest but be active participants in the political sphere without compromising your role in the home front. I am proud of Nigerian women for their great exploits in all fields of human endeavour,” she said.
The wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Obiano said the occasion would help to showcase women and their capability in management of homes and national affairs.
She enjoined the women folk to take courage and come out to vie for any political position, arguing that women can do better in the management and running of political office if given the chance.
“It’s high time women come out to support one another, build their political will, come out to contest for our political office”, which she said is open to all.
Mrs. Obiano believes that the summit will go a long way to encourage Nigeria men to appreciate their women, just as she challenged women dragging their feet to wake up and queue behind their women folk.
She praised her husband, Governor Willie Obiano for giving her every encouragement, opportunity and back-up in her endeavours, leading to her success in Women empowerment.
Also speaking, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo urged women to look cheerful rather than wearing gloomy faces as they play motherly roles for the development of Nigeria.
She said, “Women should wear captivating and smiling faces, be the vessel God uses to bless the family and possess the heart of God”.
She described Mrs. Obiano as a wonderful mother, a free giver and a caring mother, even as she prayed for her long life, Gods protection and successful comer for every women.
Mrs Obasanjo presented 200 bags of rice, 100 wrappers, 100 sets of plates and 40 prayer booklets to Anambra Women, saying, ”it is to improve lives of women, widows, orphans and less privileged in Anambra State.”
Senator Aisha Alhassan popularly called ‘Mama Taraba’ by fans, described women as multi talented persons who play multiple roles in the upkeep and caring of the family.
She argued that if women can compete in the examination hall with the males, why they can’t compete with men for a political position in an election.