The rights of women have remained sacrosanct in the Nigerian army and in all its operations across the country.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai stated this when he received a delegation of the FCT Chapter of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
The Army General said knowing the importance of women, the Nigerian Army Women Corps participate in basically all the operations of the army including the frontlines.
“Since the inception of the Nigerian Army women’s corps, they have been participating in all the roles being performed by men, they actively participated in the show of force in nations security HARBIN KUNAMA even OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE, some of them are still their performing specialised roles, so with this we assure you that we accord the women in the Nigerian army equal opportunity” said COAS.
He encouraged women to continue to fight for their rights by getting educated acquire skills and positioning themselves to be able to position themselves strategically to be able to support the development and progress of the country.
Speaking earlier, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalist, FCT Chapter, Comrade Stella Esene said the visit was in line with the International Women’s Day Celebration and to show solidarity with the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities in the country.
“The Nigerian Association of Women Journalist has deem it necessary to appreciate and commend the role of the Nigerian army in fostering the peace in the North East in particular and the rest of the country in general, we are here to support your office, show solidarity for the giant strides that have been achieved in conflict resolution and security matters in Nigeria. The Nigerian women are asking for peace, equality, equity, development and peace” said FCT NAWOJ Chairperson.
The 2020 International Women’s Day Celebration had as its theme; “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.