Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari in a rare message to celebrate the women folk, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, said the role of women remains unquantifiable in our national life.
He said they deserve accolades for the invaluable roles they play in building homes, and by extension, the nation, just as he applauds their lofty contributions in both the public and private sectors of national life.
Citing the current electoral processes in the country, Buhari said the season has buttressed 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 reiterates that things can only get better.
“Hand in hand with our women, we will build the country of our dreams, where there will be equal opportunity for all,” the President said.
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), diaspora engagements, energy solutions, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ports authority, foods and drugs administration and control, debt management, prohibition of trafficking in persons, and many others, are headed by women, President Buhari noted, 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 stated.
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.
Theme for this year’s celebration is “Balance for Better”.