President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerian women can perform creditably both locally and globally if given the opportunity.
In a statement issued on Monday by his media aide, Femi Adesina, the Nigerian leader described women as the bedrock of society and key to a happy and stable family, society, and nation.
He, however, pledged support towards female gender inclusiveness in all sectors of national life, saying that any “government which neglects such a crucial component of its demographic asset, stands the risk of stunted growth and likely failure.”
“I am proud of our women who have shown by dint of hard work and capacity that they can perform creditably if given the opportunity at home and on the global stage,” Buhari said.
Buhari applauded women’s contributions to the successes recorded by the administration, with seven female ministers, and two of them heading strategic Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning; and Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development.
The President felicitated with the womenfolk and restated his administration’s commitment to addressing the multifarious challenges confronting them at various levels of society.
He also condemned all forms of gender-based discrimination, abuse, harassment, and violence targeted especially at the female folk at workplaces, schools, community, and national levels.
With females forming about half of the country’s population, the President wished all Nigerian women a joyous and memorable 2021 International Women’s Day celebration.