The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, has yesterday, in Lagos affirmed that his administration will have zero tolerance to gender equality just as he formally took responsibility for actions taken under his stewardship as head of state. Vanguard report.
The former Head of State, spoke at two separate interactive sessions with the women in Lagos yesterday.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Babatunde Fashola were at the ceremony, as Buhari attended to questions on gender equality.
Buhari said: “Our administration will ensure promotion of anti-discrimination legislations and policies to afford women equality and equity, especially in the areas of employment, education, housing and entrepreneurship. We shall commit ourselves to merit based Affirmative Actions to level the playing field for women and provide them with opportunities to be part of decision-making and governance at all levels while we will include gender as a component of the federal character.
“There will be strong political will to promote Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality through dedicating the required financial, human and technical resources toward this goal and we will make a concerted effort to empower women in rural areas who constitute majority of the Nigerian women. We will enforce legal protection for the rights of the girl-child in all areas of religious, social and economic life, protecting her right to dignity, shelter and choice.”
“Nigerian women have always played a visible and competent role in nation building. In addition to their various activities which sustained communities in pre-colonial times, they also played key roles in the struggles for independence and the political processes that followed.”
Flaying the country’s high rate of maternal and child mortality which he said is among the highest in the world, he said he was determined to rescue Nigeria’s fading glory. “I am on a mission to restore Nigeria’s fading glory and reposition our great nation on the path to greatness. I am however aware that this will not be possible without addressing the needs and concerns of those who constitute half of the population of this country which are women. As the father of a number of promising young women, I should know what it means to want the very best for my own daughters.”
Taking responsibility for actions done in his name as military head of state, particularly the execution of drug peddlers and the promulgation of Decree Number 4 limiting press freedom, he said: “As military head of state, there are two things I did and I have since accepted them as a leader. It is true that the bulk of everything lands on the table of Mr President, so the things that happened, I accept my responsibility but I cannot undo the past but as a President of the future, I have taken note.
“The two issues anyone can accuse me of is the shooting of drug pushers and decree number four which affects the Journalists. If you do your research well, you will realize the reason why the Supreme Military Council of that time took those decisions”.