President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration remains committed to tackling the scourge of schoolchildren’s abductions despite the attacks on educational institutions in the country.
He said this when he received the National Working Group of the Supporting Advancement of Gender Equity Initiative at the State House, Abuja, on Friday.
“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.
“Let me assure you all that we remain committed to working with groups such as yours to address these challenges,” he said.
President Buhari maintained that his administration has a zero-tolerance towards 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 immediately inaugurate an inter-ministerial gender-based violence management committee, to address all forms of violence against women and children.
He also asked the ministers of Justice and women affairs to work with the National Assembly to ensure the implementation of 35 per cent affirmative action with the ongoing constitutional and electoral reforms.
“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,” he said.
While renewing Nigeria’s commitment to raising the bar for women’s representation at all levels, President Buhari equally voiced concerns over increasing out-of-school children in the country.
In attendance at the event were ex-President of Malawi, Joyce Banda; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Women Affairs, Paulin Tallen; ex-President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani (who attended virtually); Emir of Keffi; musician Tuface Idibia, and other senior government officials.