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Aisha Buhari Breaks Silence, Calls On Stakeholders To End Abduction Of Girls

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Aisha BuhariAisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has called “stakeholders” to bring an end to the abduction of women and girls in Nigeria.

The first lady has been away from the social scene since late last year after one of her daughters, Hanan tied the knot in September.

 

At some point, there were reports that she had relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, citing security issues.

However, shortly after, one of her aides, Kabiru Dodo, said Mrs Buhari was only on a foreign medical trip.

 

 

Even on her 50th birthday on February 18, no word were heard from Aisha Buhari, sparking various speculations.

Checks by MDB showed that the last time she used her Twitter handle was on November 25, 2020, where she retweeted a post.

Taking a break from her long silence, Aisha in a message posted on her Twitter handle today, joined in the March 6 celebration of International Women’s Day 2021.

The First Lady said the year’s theme is a call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

She condemned the recent abduction of women and girls in Nigeria by insurgents and bandits, noting the impact these heinous acts could have in diminishing the successes achieved so far in girl-child education and early marriages.

 

The First Lady called on stakeholders to exert their influence in bringing the abductions to an end and to ensure the safety of “girls anywhere they may find themselves”.

Aisha stated;

Today marks the 2021 edition of International Women’s Day. The day offers yet another opportunity for humanity to review and reflect progress made on issues of women and girls. This year’s theme: Women In Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World is a strong call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

She stressed;

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women: disrupted education and careers, lost jobs, descent into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence. Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic. It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another.

Away from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits. As a mother I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families. I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages.

Aisha then called on “stakeholders” to;

Continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring these abductions to an end and to assure us that girls are safe anywhere they may find themselves.

My best wishes to women all over the world for their resilience, hard work and commitment to the progress of humanity. Happy International Women’s Day.

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