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Buhari greets women on International Women’s Day


President Muhammadu Buhari addressing APC Chieftains after INEC declared him President-elect.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated womenfolk on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President, yesterday, paid tribute to them for the invaluable roles they play in building homes, and by extension, the nation, just as he applauded their lofty contributions in both the public and private sectors of national life.

“This election season, we are in has brought out in bold relief, once again, the crucial role women play in our lives as a people. They have stood up to be counted as aspirants, candidates, mobilisers, and voters. Indeed, what can we ever do without our women in all phases of our lives,” the President said.

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 at the ‘Next Level,’ adding: “Hand in hand with our women, we will build the country of our dreams, where there will be equal opportunity for all.”

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, Buhari noted, is indicative of the worth and value government places on them, saying: “On a day like this, I hereby extol and appreciate them, on behalf of all other Nigerians.”

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