International Women´s Day: Women´s Rights, Sacrosanct- APC U.K
The All Progressives Congress (APC) United State Chapter has described the right of women as sacrosanct, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is working to ensure equal property and inheritance rights for all citizens. Mr Ade Omole, a chieftain of the APC in the U.K stated this in a statement made available to the Newsmen in Abuja. Omole in the statement signed by Mr Jacob Ogunseye, APC spokesman in the U.K, added that women´s right should not be toyed with. He, however, said that President Buhari should be applauded for sustaining the role of women and involving them in governance. ´´As it stands today, the APC-led Government in Nigeria is championing the cause of women and youth participation in governance. ´´The range of appointments that prominently feature women is commendable” the statement quoted Omole as saying. He said that Nigerian women were the backbone of the society, especially, in rural communities, adding that issues that matter to the average Nigerian woman cut across the spectrum of policy areas. This, he said, included agriculture, health and education among others. Omole noted that no society could progress where more than half of its population suffered systemic discrimination, adding that Nigerian women should participate more in politics especially in the upcoming 2019 elections. According to the statement, APC members in the United Kingdom had earlier stormed the British House of Parliament for an event organised by party loyalists to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The statement said that the highly subscribed event was held at the main chamber of the British House of Parliament in London. It noted that the presence of APC members at the U.K Parliament coincided with the 100 year anniversary of the decision to extend universal adult suffrage to women in the country. The statement said that speakers at the parliament took turns to eulogize Nigerian women in their quest to take their place in the central affairs of the country. ´´If women can maintain and succeed at core activities at home, what stops them from putting Nigeria on the pedestal of greatness if given the opportunity to operate at the centre. ´´Women in Africa should be encouraged to hold big positions in the affairs of their countries,´´ the statement quoted Mr Jim Shannon, a member of the U.K Parliament as saying. Shannon in the statement, noted that women in Europe, the Unites States of America and United Kingdom, were already taken the centre stage of activities in their countries. He added that Germany and United Kingdom were under the leadership of women and that the two countries were doing great, a development he said could be replicated in Nigeria. ´´Nigeria and your party should champion the rise of women in African society, you have women who have distinguished themselves in their careers all over the world. ´´These talented Nigerian women should be positioned to take the mantle of leadership,´´Shannon further said in the statement. Miss Ife Sarumi, APC Youth Leader in the U.K, in the statement, said that Nigerian leaders must strive to ensure the success of the present generation to secure the future. She also advised that the present generation must not allow the failures of the past to hold it down or become an excuse for its failure. She assured that the APC-led Federal Government in Nigeria, was working diligently to end all forms of gender discrimination in both the public and private sectors and ensure employment generation.