President Buhari Pledges Ending School Children Abductions

With the rise in the abduction of school children across the country, especially in the northern region, the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will see to ensuring that the scourge of schoolchildren’s abductions will be put to an end.

The President stated this yesterday while receiving the National Working Group of the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equity Initiative at the State House, Abuja.

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He noted that irrespective of the attacks on educational institutions and other challenges in the country, the challenges will be addressed.

“Despite the spike of incidence of the abduction of school children and other security challenges, this government remains resolute in his pursuit of a just and credible society devoid of inequalities and promotion of the rule of law,” Buhari said.

“Let me assure you all that we remain committed to working with groups such as yours to address these challenges.

“As a leader of the government governing party, I will lend my voice to the amendment of the party constitution, which is ongoing now. And is the entry point for effective and meaningful participation of women in elective offices. Once again, thank you for your efforts and support to women.”

President Buhari also reiterated his intolerance to gender-based violence in the country. He  directed the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen to quickly inaugurate an inter-ministerial gender-based violence management committee, to tackle all forms of violence against women and children in the country.

He as well renewed the nation’s commitment to increase the bar for women’s representation at all levels, locally and internationally.

The President Buhari further charged the Ministers of Justice and women affairs to work with the National Assembly in ensuring that it  implements  35percent affirmative action while constitutional and electoral reform processes are going on.

“I want to commend our group for taking an interest in our national development and advancement by adding your platform to demand an increase in women’s participation in governance and decision-making at all levels.

“This administration places a premium on promoting women’s inclusiveness, international development, as we have demonstrated with those holding key portfolios in this administration. They include the Minister of Finance, budget and National Planning. Minister women’s Affairs, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs disaster management and social development. Minister of State for industry trade and investment, minister of state for the environment.

“Minister of State for industry trade and investment, minister of state for the environment. Minister of State for transportation, minister of state for Federal Capital Territory, head of the civil service of the Federation, Chair federal character commission, Managing Director Nigerian ports authority and others.

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“I am aware that given the size of our population, more can be done to improve the participation of Nigerian women in politics, and in seeking elective office. The twin evils of limited access to education, and poverty and gender-based violence remains a strong inhibitor. However, our resolve remains unshaken in tackling these issues.

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