A Coalition of Nigerian women on have issued a clarion call against those calling for war, division and other forms of insecurity to desist from the act in the interest of peace and national development.
The coalition made the call in Abuja during an emergency dialogue on the current security issues in Nigeria and it’s effects on Women and Children.
The wife of the President, Dr. Aisha Buhari, said the security situation in the country was worrisome, adding that women and children were at the receiving end to all the challenges, hence the need to resolve and curtail problems contriving to it.
Mrs. Buhari, represented by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Africa First Ladies peace Mission, Dr. Mario Almakura advised parents, particularly, women to instill discipline, good moral values and culture on children to resolve some of the lingering challenges affecting the nation.
Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen said the emergency dialogue was necessitated by the need to appeal to agitators clamouring for war and division in the country to embrace peace and also to fashion out actions that will bring an end to insecurity in the country.
Tallen, therefore called on the Nigerian women to rise up to the current security situation being experienced in the country and chat a way forward in addressing the growing challenges.
“This is a clarion call for us as women and concerned mothers to take or rightful place in redefining our engagement in addressing peace in our communities and in Nigeria at large.As the spate of insecurity increases by the day. We see and we hear the increasing rate at which lives are lost daily,” she said.
She emphasised the crucial role women play in peace building process, adding that families and the whole communities were affected when they are excluded from peace building.
UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Comfort Lamptey stressed the need for dialogue and engagement to safeguard peace and security in the country.
Chair, Nigerian Governors’ Wives Forum and wife of Ekiti state governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi called on government, relevant stakeholders, religious and community leaders to urgently proffer solutions to peace and security.
Fayemi, also called for implementation of empowerment policies and jobs for the citizens, especially those at the grassroots level, which will provide means of livelihood, thereby safeguarding the country.