Wife of Nigeria’s first President, Prof Uche Azikiwe, has called on Igbo women to go fully into politics, just as their male counterpart.
Prof Azikiwe made this call at a one-day international Igbo women’s conference organised by Ohanaeze Igbo Women Organisation Worldwide, in collaboration with Ezumezu Ndigbo Women Organisation Worldwide, in Nnewi, Anambra State.
She urged the women not to be afraid to contest elections with men, and advised them to exploit their numerical strength to achieve their political goal in the country.
“If you cannot come out, support whoever that comes out among the women. And, we must pressurise the National Assembly to approve the 35 per cent representation we demanded,” Mrs. Azikiwe, who was an award recipient at the event, said.
Also speaking, leader of Ohanaeze women organisation, Mrs. Calista Adimachukwu, quoting the late Dr Nwafor Orizu, said to educate the mind is to liberate it from darkness.
She said people perish because of lack of knowledge, and pointed out that it was based on that premise the awareness conference was organised.
“Not too long ago, the issue of 35 per cent affirmative quota to women for appointive and elective positions was rejected by the National Assembly. If women could be made to understand how relevant they are in the socio-political landscape of this country, I believe they will see the need for them to come together and remain united in their efforts towards securing their voice in the decision-making process of this country.
“However, there are salient and mind-boggling issues I must not fail to raise in this forum. These are those things that are found unacceptable to us, that must be rejected, if women must realise their potentials in the patriarchal society where gender syndrome plays out,” Adimachukwu said. Read more