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600 women groups to storm Abuja for Bello

By Abigail Ikhaghu
18 January 2022   |   3:34 am
About 600 women groups, from different parts of the country, will, next week, converge on Abuja for a solidarity walk for Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. Photo/KINGLEYFANWO

About 600 women groups, from different parts of the country, will, next week, converge on Abuja for a solidarity walk for Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

The solidarity walk tagged ‘One Million Women March for GYB’ is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

Operating under the auspices of Women United for Yahaya Bello (WUYABEL), the groups, including non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, religious, professional bodies, market women as well as entrepreneurs, will storm Abuja to drum support for the governor, especially as the nation prepares for the 2023 general election.

According to the organisers, the women groups, having come to the conclusion that the nation requires one with pedigree, youthfulness and capacity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, have taken it upon themselves to collectively canvass support for Governor Bello, who they said had demonstrated ability to resolve myriad challenges confronting Nigeria. 

The Global Coordinator of WUYABEL, Dr. Hanatu Adeeko, stated that the gathering would be the first of its kind “especially now that the political stage is almost set.”

Bello, as governor, has redefined governance in Kogi with sterling and verifiable performance, especially in the areas of women and youth empowerment, poverty alleviation programmes, massive infrastructure, and health care delivery among others, the women stressed.

Dr. Adeeko, a physician, added: “He has empowered and supported women to grow. No state in Nigeria has given more positions to women than Kogi. Sincerely, the state is getting it right in critical areas. We want to encourage other governors to walk the talk by standing with the governor that has made us proud.

“Governor Bello must know that once he has women on his side, he can go to sleep. We believe in his capacity and will make it happen. This will be the first in a long while that women, on their own, will come together in their numbers to speak with one voice.”

The organisers further expressed optimism that Bello’s presidency would usher in a breath of fresh air, while asking Nigerians from all walks of life to support the project, as it would be “a clear departure from the old order.”