By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen In-Islam Worldwide, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke has observed that Nigerian women are now more victims of the political and economic challenges in the country.
Professor Olagoke stated this in Oyo town while speaking at the 2016 International women day organised by Shafaudeen Young Women Association tagged “Millennium global economic problem and Nigerian political challenges: effect on motherhood”
The Cleric declared that there is the urgent need to respect womanhood in Nigeria as advised by President Barak Obama of USA, saying, “motherhood is a divine construct that must be respected by all to have justice, equity, peace and sustainable development”
According to Professor Olagoke, for the Federal Government to address the numerous problems presently facing women in Nigeria, bills on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women should be domesticated.
“Bills on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women need to be domesticated through National Assembly and various Houses of Assemblies to empower women and give them access to resources including ability to have a choice at decision making points in order that their fundamental human rights are not trampled upon,”he said.
Speaking further, the Cleric emphasized that vices such as insecurity, hunger and poverty in the land were affecting womanhood with direct consequence on the child.
Professor Olagoke noted that “there is need for government to expand the scope of resources through diversification of economy into other critical areas especially agriculture”
Stressing that “decision makers should concentrate more on girl child education,” he said both the states and Federal Governments should emancipate women and give them high motivation”, saying, “we should team up and eradicate violence against women and girl child including economic exploitation of child labour. We should promote good governance to prevent violence and effect of conflict on women”.
Chairperson of Shafaudeen Young Women Association, Oyo branch, Alhaja Oladeji Khadijat in her remark urged parents and governments to discourage any form of violence against girl child in particular and women in general.
In his own comment, Professor Nurein Nasir Tanimowo of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology caution Nigerians against using women to satisfy their narrow and selfish interest adding their positive roles should be highly appreciated and compensated.
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.