Chris Steven, Abuja
Toyin Saraki, wife of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President says those seek to intimidate “our girls and our women and prevent them from accessing education or fulfilling their potentials will never succeed in Nigeria.”
Speaking in Abuja at a Seminar organized by the European Union (EU) and Yar’Adua Centre, to commemorate International Women’s Month with the theme “How do women win elections in 2019,” Saraki said impacts of empowering women have been well documented worldwide.
“Our prayers have been answered with the safe return of the vast majority of the girls to their families and the terrible loss recorded by the death of five of them saddens the nation.
“We will continue to pray for their families and the safe return of the one girl purportedly remains with Boko Haram.
“And I want to say that those who seek to intimidate our girls and our women and prevent them from accessing education or fulfilling their potentials will never succeed in Nigeria.” She said
She called on Nigerian women to support one another to attain elective positions in the 2019 elections.
Her words: “I want Nigerian women to remember, first, you are good and second, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
“So as we rock the cradle we have to start at the grassroots. The women who were elected successfully in Kwara were not elected because anybody came to impose them. I believe in the affirmative action but they were not elected because of affirmative action. They are the true representatives of their people.
“They did not lose their femininity in representing their people. They actually embodied the full spirit of womanhood when seeking for the political office, they were the mothers of their community and that made their election very easy for them.
“Women, we have to support ourselves. I have heard it several times when a woman runs for office, its other women that would come and say, “she is too proud, she speaks too much English, we don’t know when she goes to midnight meetings.” Can we please stop judging each other.
“Winning political office should be about having something concrete to contribute to development and actually prosperity is not a dirty word. This nation needs to prosper. We will not be able to prosper by leaving 50 percent of our population behind.”