Aisha Buhari during her speech she gave in Abuja on Thursday said she also feel the sorrow and anguish of parents of the kidnapped Chibok and Dapchi school girls.
She expressed her concern in Abuja on Thursday while delivering a speech she titled: “Leave Our Daughters Alone”, to celebrate the 2018 International Women`s Day.
“As a mother, I share (in) the sorrow and agony which the parents are going through up to this moment. I am aware of the efforts being made for the release of the remaining Chibok girls as well as the recently (abducted) Dapchi girls. It is my sincere hope that the efforts will yield positive results” she said.
She said that the kidnapped had further exposed the long-standing evil perpetrated against women in the society. She, therefore, called on relevant stakeholders, especially the media, to stand against the “disturbing issue. It is a disturbing issue for which we must put heads together, pray, speak out, show concern and ensure that the situation will come to an end.”
She, therefore, called on the citizens of Nigeria, especially the media to join in the campaign against all forms of kidnapping and maltreatment of the Nigerian woman. Mrs. Buhari said it was unfortunate that marking of the 2018 International women`s day came with grief and agony following the kidnapping of the Dapchi School girls. She also expressed her concern over the use of young girls by insurgents to carry out a suicide bombing.
She, however, congratulated Nigerian women for successfully marking the Day and prayed for greater opportunities for the Nigerian woman. The wife of the president also prayed for Nigerian women to have equal opportunities in governance as their male counterparts.
In her remark, the wife of Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, said the 2018 event came in a very happy and worst situation considering the progress made by Nigerian team at the winter Olympic as well as the abduction of the Dapchi girls. Mrs. Osinbajo also called for equal opportunity to the women.