Aisha Buhari breaks silence on abduction of women in Nigeria

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The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has broken her long silence to send a message to Nigerian women on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Aisha Buhari has been under the radar since September 2020 shortly after her daughter, Hanan’s wedding, with reports claiming she had relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

However, on Monday, her official personal Twitter shared a message titled, ‘Message of the First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2021’.

In the message which she personally signed, Aisha Buhari lamented the frequent kidnapping of women and girls in Nigeria by bandits and insurgents.

The First Lady encouraged all stakeholders to do all within their power to bring the kidnappings to an end.

She also decried the negative impact of COVID-19 women, and called for continued awareness and support for those that have lost loved ones or

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“Today marks the 2021 edition of International Women’s Day. The day offers yet another opportunity for humanity to review and reflect progress made on issues of women and girls.

“This year’s theme; ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’ is a strong call to appreciate the efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on women; disrupted education and careers, lost jobs, descent into poverty, and proliferation of domestic violence. Many have also died or suffered due to lack of access to basic information on the pandemic.

“It is therefore important, not just to continue spreading the message of the COVID-19 protocol, but to remember and support those who have been affected negatively by the pandemic in one way or another.

“Away from COVID-19, women and girls in Nigeria have continued to suffer abductions both in the hands of insurgents and bandits. As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and their families.”

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