The Wife of the Nigerian President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has pledged her readiness to work with relevant organizations in a bid to address societal ills in the country.
She pledge when she received the wives of the 19 Northern Governors at the State House, on a courtesy visit.
While thanking the Governors wives for working as a team to identify issues affecting women and children in their respective states, Mrs Buhari assured them that she will join forces with relevant agencies and stakeholders to remedy the situation.
“I’m going to do my best to make sure that we work with the agencies that have the responsibility of addressing these challenges that affect our women and children, some of which are peculiar to northern Nigeria,” she said.
Mrs Buhari highlighted forced marriage, drug abuse and rape as some of the challenges confronting the region.
“Some of these major challenges we are facing in Northern Nigeria include the alarming rate of rape cases, forced or early marriage for girls and also drug abuse by the youth, which is quite alarming too,” she stated.
Chairperson of the Northern Governors wives, Mrs Asama’u Yari, who is also the Wife of Zamfara State Governor, said they were in the State House to felicitate with Mrs Buhari for the recent release of 21 Chibok girls and also brief her on the outcome of their meeting.
“We are indeed happy as mothers that some of the Chibok girls have been released. The Northern Governors wives recently had their second meeting for the year and we felt as a mother, we have to come and intimate her of things we discussed and the step being taken to address issues of women and children in our states because we want to emulate the good work she is doing through her pet project, ‘The Future Assured programme’,” Mrs Yari explained.
Mrs Yari said the group was taking steps to address drug abuse among women and children.
“During our meeting, we had two resource persons, one form the UK and the other a Nigerian. They really taught us how to tackle issues of drug abuse among women and the youth in Northern Nigeria,” she stated.
The delegation to the office of the Wife of the President comprised of thirteen wives thirteen Governors and those of two Deputy Governors.