BEVERLY HILLS, March 08, (THEWILL) – After months of silence leading to speculations, Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, finally spoke on Monday, calling for strong support for women all over the world as part of activities marking the International Women’s Day
She also spoke on the abduction of women and young girls in Nigeria, in a statement that failed to reveal a. dateline or location.
Speculations had been rife that Aisha Buhari left the family’s Aso Rock Villa in the country’s Federal Capital over concerns about the prevailing insecurity and jetted out to an unspecified country.
Mum has been The Presidency’s reaction to her sudden disappearance from public glare.
Mrs. Buhari, in her goodwill message to Nigerian women on the occasion of the 2021 International Women’s Day, also, decried the continued abduction of women and girls in Nigeria by bandits and terrorists.
She commiserated with the victims and their families and called on all stakeholders to continue to exert their different levels of influence and bring the abductions to an end.
The message read, “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 on 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.
“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.
“I call on all 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.“