The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has restated his commitment to the empowerment of Nigerian women, beginning with ensuring that the rights of women as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution, were protected under his government. He stated this in a special message to Nigerian women, in commemoration of the March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day.
“My plan for Nigerian women has been made clear in ‘My Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria’,” General Buhari said. “However, I would like to use this special opportunity that the world has set aside to celebrate women, to reiterate my personal commitment to the advancement of Nigerian women in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.”
In his ‘My Manifesto and Vision for Nigeria’ document released to the media in December 2014, Buhari it stated that women would be adequately represented in government appointments. He also promised to provide greater opportunities for females in education, job creation, and economic empowerment. “I will recognise and protect women empowerment and gender equality with special emphasis on economic activities in the rural areas,” he said.
He added that he would use the party structures to promote the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the States and National Assembly, for women. “Women all over the world are playing an ever increasing role in moving their nations forward,” Buhari said, “both in and outside government.”
“In keeping with the times, my government will ensure that Nigerian women are given the opportunity to rise and play an even more prominent role in moving our great nation forward,” he said.