From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
Wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, has charged Nigerian women to take a stance against exclusion in the formal and informal and informal decision-making structures in the country.
She equally stressed the need for women to improve their capacity within the network of women organisations and individual spheres of influence.
Mrs Saraki spoke at the on-going 30th annual national conference of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) in Ilorin, Kwara state.
According to the former first lady of Kwara state” nowhere is this more evident than in the education and enlightenment of young girls, adolescents and women”.
She opined that “an investment in the feminine gender is the greatest investment we can contribute to the intrinsic value of our nation, as to educate a girl is to empower a nation”.
She expressed satisfaction that FOMWAN has grown into a formidable national and global association, with membership in about 34 states and over 500 affiliate groups providing social services and contributing to national development.
Mrs Saraki added: “The theme of this year’s conference “Religious and
ethnic plurality: Implications for national integration in Nigeria” indicates that FOMWAN continues to contribute its own quota in engaging in discussions that will impact positively in integrating all religions in Nigeria for the common purpose of peace and productivity
within all communities.
“I believe that when Nigerians unite irrespective of religious affiliations then we are strengthened for rapid development, that we may co-exist, respectful of and respecting each other, in harmony and devoid of conflict, united by common beneficial sincere purpose.”