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FG Must Fight For Nigerian Women And Children – Nigerian Feminist Forum

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

An advocacy group, Nigerian Feminist Forum has urged the Federal Government and all stakeholders to come up with public policies that will safeguard and improve the rights of women and girls child.

The group recently urged Nigerians to work together to put a stop to the increasing violence against women and girls child in the country.

According to the Nigerian Feminist Forum, government at all levels as well as Nigerians must avoid violent crimes against women and children since they are the future of the nation.

One of the coordinators of the forum, Chinonso Okechukwu then hailed the effort of women related NGOs which have been at the forefront of the feminist movement in Nigeria.

His words, “Nigerian women are not homogenous, we are not all short, fat and round and therefore women’s rights activists, women organizations and women movements have been at the forefront of the effort to advance gender equality; they were the first to push authorities to take women’s rights seriously.”

“We must never undermine the role of feminism in our society. The impact of feminist academic research and activism has been constructive far-reaching.

“We have active discussions centered on sexual violence and the reason why it happening; what are the solutions and what public policies we need to enable societies to treat women and girls better.

“The activities also centered on confronting and questioning norms and age-old tradition that strive to reinforce patriarchy.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.

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