Lawmaker urges women to restrain children from political thuggery
Women in Rivers State have been urged to caution their children not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause violence and electoral disruption during today’s elections.
Chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs, state House of Assembly, Victoria Nyeche, who gave the advice yesterday in Port Harcourt after a walk to commemorate the International Women’s Day, said, Rivers needs peace, adding that violence has brought so much setback in the state; hence the need for women to rise up and speak out against political thuggery.
“As Rivers women, we should caution our children against being used by politicians to cause trouble during elections, We need peace in Rivers, when there is violence, we can’t move forward as a state. Violence has caused us a lot of damages in the state,” she stated.
Nyeche further encouraged women not to allow the violence witnessed in the previous polls in the state to discourage them from coming out today to exercise their franchise, saying: “As women, do not be afraid, people want you to stay behind, so that they can have their ways during elections, but be strong, overcome that fear, come out and be part of the process. Women must speak up.
“Women should do something to contribute to the country, because times are changing. This is no longer time to sit back and watch, support your fellow women, so that people will gather to celebrate us.”
She further urged women to celebrate themselves and train their children well to make them become competitive with children in other parts of the world.
Also speaking, an activist, Rukuyatu Amina, urged women to support their fellow women by voting for them.