Obasanjo meets Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo, says women more patriotic, family-oriented than men
A socio-cultural group partnering for development, Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo (NNII), led by its President-General, Iyom Josephine Anenih, at the weekend, paid a courtesy visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.
A statement by the group’s Spokesperson, Nnedinso Ogaziechi, said Anenih, in her speech, informed Obasanjo that the group came together as women to intervene in the development efforts in not just the region but the country as a whole as recent events in the region and the nation have been of concern to the womenfolk.
She said there was need to go back to the pristine times where there was shared leadership between the genders in ways that were complementary.
Anenih said that the group came to visit the former President because traditionally, “Nkata” in Igbo means conversation/dialogue and it signals the beginning of partnership in problem-solving and NNII has great confidence that given the status of Chief Obasanjo nationally and globally, the women group believes that his advice and other forms of interventions that he is globally known for can help not just Nkata but the country in this dire times.
The group recalled Obasanjo’s support for women during his Presidency and how he made the most profound impact by appointing super qualified women into his cabinet and how most of those women have gone on to be great achievers nationally and at the global stage.
MEANWHILE, Obasanjo, who thanked the group for coming together, said he had always believed in the strength and loyalty of women more than men, especially in political development.
He said he was happy that the group is being led by a committed feminist, who was his Special Adviser on Women Affairs and whose passion for women and national development is well-known.
He advised the group not to give up but to equally sell the beautiful idea of partnering for development with other women in all the six regions of the country because when women come together, good things happen because they are more patriotic and more family-oriented than men.
The former President said that development only happens in a country that is secure and where justice prevails and as such, every Nigerian must work towards peace and security in the land.
The President-General of the Nkata Ndi Inyom Igbo also thanked the President and told him that NNII was a child of circumstance because the women now want to take their destiny in their own hands.
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