By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
As the world celebrated the International Women’s Day (IWD), the first lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Aisha Bihari, has called for an end to the trend of kidnapping and abduction of women and girls in the country.
A statement signed by the first lady and made available to New NIgerian stated that the IWD offers opportunity for humanity to review and reflect on progress made on issues of women and girls.
She maintained that this year’s theme: Women In Leadership: Achieving on Equal Future in a COVID-19 World is a call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women; disrupted education and careers lost jobs, descend into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence.
” Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic, It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another”, Mrs Bihari stated.
The first lady pointed that part from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits.
“As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families. I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages”, she stated.
While commending women all over the world for their resilience, hard work, and commitment to the progress of humanity, the first lady urged all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring these abductions to an end and to assure us that girls are safe anywhere they may find themselves.