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Osinbanjo urges women participation in politics



By Ukpa Ewa
WIFE of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo has challenged Nigerian women to take their rightful place by venturing into the political affairs of the country.
She stated that women could not afford to hand over the lives and destinies of their children to unfaithful politicians.
Mrs. Osinbajo made this known on Friday at the 2018 Anambra Mothers’ Summit held at Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka.
Describing politics as decisions that control and determine lives of the citizenry, Osinbajo maintained that gone were the days when women sat behind and allowed men determine who governed them.
She reminded them of the numerous sacrifices they made in the upbringing and training of their children, including the nine months pregnancy without contemplating on abortion.
“You should not only join politics, but give maximum support to those who are already in it. When the time comes, you should choose those faithful men and women who will say it and do it,” she said.
The Vice President’s wife commended the governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano for the forty percent women in his cabinet which had provided opportunity for them to contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the state.
She also applauded the wife of the governor, as well as women in the state for their hard work and selfless disposition which were evident in the various developmental strides in their various communities.
Earlier, the wife of the governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano, urged women to rise to the challenge of partaking in societal rebirth urgently needed in the country.
“The best way of measuring the impact of 2018 Mothers’ Summit is through a recognizable increase in our women’s participation in vibrant and responsible leadership activities across the states and at the national level, particularly as the tempo of 2019 political activities continues to rise.
“As we embark on the simultaneous August meetings in communities across the South East, we must remember that there is no other group better placed to carry the message of peace and advocacy for greater role for women in politics and leadership than all of us,” she said.
She was optimistic that women through the summit would take advantage of the already existing cooperation among them through organization of a pan-South East Summit for women to be hosted in rotation among the states.
“Such a forum, with high impact cultural value, will be a major boost to the politics and economy of the zone as our women start speaking with one voice on key issues,” she added.
The summit attracted dignitaries which included Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhasan, wife of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Mrs. Ndidi Mezue Commissioner for Social Welfare, Children and women affairs, wives of Enugu and Delta states, among others.
Highpoint of the event featured presentation of empowerment equipment to indigent women across the state.

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