FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS PRESS STATEMENT ON NIGERIA’S 61ST INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION!
As the Nation marks 61 years of Independence, I want to use this opportunity to thank and celebrate the sacrifices and doggedness of Nigerian Women in keeping Nigeria together through their prayers and unshaken hope that Nigeria will rise again.
In all aspects of National Development, even when hope is lost, Nigerian Women have continued to bridge the gap in projecting the positive image of our country.
Nigeria remains a great country with rich human and natural resources that gives it that unique pride of place in the Comity of Nations.
In response to our mantra that there cannot be any meaningful development without the equal participation of women in the scheme of National Development, I want to on behalf on Nigerian Women commend our Leader President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for his unwavering commitment to better the lots of women and children, including the girl-child, as well as other vulnerable groups for all the pro-women projects this administration has embarked upon. To our committed First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, the mother of the Nation for always lending her voice and condemning all ills and discrimination.
I want to also salute the commitment of the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, GCON in this regard. Our dear wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osibanjo, thank you for your unwavering advocacy and passion for the wellbeing of every Nigerian child especially.
The support Nigerian women have received from the 9th National Assembly is amazing and represents an rivaled milestone in our advocacy towards a Nigeria fit for all. Nigerian Women remain grateful and we are hopeful for more.
In the same vein, I want to commend the vision of the Governors of the 36 States and their spouses for all their various activities and legislations aimed at creating the enabling environment for women to contribute their potential in Nation building.
Though the country is currently experiencing serious security challenges with women and children bearing the brunt of the effects, Nigerian Women will continue to pray for an indivisible Nigeria. We remain committed in our unwavering support in the promotion of a true Democracy, with the hope that there would be more participation of women at the decision table and where their rights are treated as human rights.
Rest assured that the present Administration will not rest on its oars to ensure that we achieve a peaceful and viable society, irrespective of its diversity which remains our common strength.
Even as we march towards a new Nigeria, I want to extol the sacrifices of Heroes and Heroines past, who for the future of this great country did not leave any stone unturned in setting the developmental agenda. I want to also salute the men and women of the Nigerian Security Sector who continue to pay the price of securing the safety of lives and property, as well as safeguarding the territorial integrity of this Nation. Nigerian Women say thank you for this selflessness.
And therefore on this occasion of this unique anniversary, we join our voices to say:
No to Violence Against Children!!!
No to Violence and Discrimination Against Women!!!
Yes to Inclusive Governance!!!
Yes to Safe Schools for our Children!!!
Long Live Nigerian children!
Long Live Nigeria women!
Long Live the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria 🇳🇬
Dame Pauline K. Tallen, OFR, KSG