First Lady Aisha Buhari has broken her long silence on the security situation in Nigeria, condemning the continuous mass abductions of women and schoolgirls in the Northern part of the country.
Mrs Buhari had reportedly been in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate, UAE, since September 2020 shortly after the wedding of her daughter, Hanan.
According to one of her aides, Kabiru Dodo, the First Lady was on a foreign medical trip.
Releasing a statement on Monday via her Twitter handle in commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day, the First Lady said: “As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and 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.”
She, however, called on all stakeholders to exert their different levels of influence towards bringing the mass abductions to an end.
While appreciating efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19, she noted the pandemic has had a huge impact on women, disrupted education, careers and proliferation of domestic violence.
She urged everyone that beyond spreading the message of COIVD-19 protocol, they should remember and support those negatively affected by the pandemic.