President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Nigerian women for their roles in building homes. He also applauded their lofty contributions in both the public and private sectors of national life.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said Buhari stated this on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD).
He quoted President Buhari as noting that the current election season had brought out “in bold relief once again the crucial role women play in our lives as a people”.
He said, “They have stood up to be counted as aspirants, candidates, mobilizers, and voters. Indeed, what can we ever do without our women in all phases of our lives’’.
He recalled diverse positions being held by women as Ministers, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, chief executives of agencies, permanent secretaries, directors-general, special advisers, senior special assistants, special assistants, and many others, and reiterated that things could only get better at the Next Level.
“Hand in hand with our women, we will build the country of our dreams, where there will be equal opportunity for all,” he said.
According to President Buhari, the fact that some of government’s most important policies and programmes like straightening of the hitherto dysfunctional pensions system, Africa’s largest Social Investment Programme (SIP) and diaspora engagements among others, are headed by women, is indicative of the worth and value the government places on them.
“On a day like this, I hereby extol and appreciate them, on behalf of all other Nigerians,” the President affirmed.
International Women’s Day is designed to celebrate the potential, progress, and accomplishments of women, and to highlight the utmost importance of creating a world that presents equal opportunities for women and men.
The theme of this year’s IWD celebration is Balance For Better.