Buhari’s wife seeks new deal for widows at Ramadan

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has canvassed cultural transformation that will end what she termed inhuman treatment to widows in the country.

Specifically, she decried widowhood rites imposed on Nigerian women after the death of their spouses just as she said that widows must henceforth not be subjected to any form of discrimination or sexual abuse.

While making the call in Lagos on Monday at the celebration of the Widow’s Day organized by the United Nations Information Centre and Hope for Life Foundation, she lamented the life-threatening widowhood rituals to which Nigerian women were subjected to.

Mrs Buhari stated that such must stop in overall interest of the advancement of the society.

Represented at the event by Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, she equally advised widows to seek economic empowerment to live above cheap temptations.

Delivering the UN Secretary-General’s address, Director of United Nations Information Centre in Nigeria, Mr. Ronald Kayanja commended Lagos State Government for providing the model to follow regarding the welfare of women and children.

He also urged everyone to support the widows by not stigmatizing against them.

At another event, where she was represented by Mrs. Ambode, she called on Muslims across the country not to abandon the spirit of Ramadan after the fasting period.

Mrs Buhari, who said this while distributing Ramadan gifts to members of NASFAT, Ansar-ul-deen and the Hausa community in Lagos, noted that the call became imperative in view of the need to encourage the people to imbibe right virtues.

She said Ramadan represents love, peace, forgiveness, peaceful co-existence and extending helping hand to the less privileged, hence the need for sustenance of such virtues.

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