Aisha Buhari, the wife of Nigeria’s president, has urged political parties to always consider women as running mates for candidates running for various positions across the country.
Aisha Buhari was speaking on Saturday night at the State House in Abuja, where she hosted Presidential Aspirants from various political parties for an Iftar.
The president’s wife organized the event to allow aspirants to share love and happiness with one another in the spirit of Ramadan and in the pursuit of nation-building.
She stated that the goal of fair play for women in politics was to increase their participation in elective positions.
“In fact, it is high time women were adopted as running mates at all levels considering their voting strength and active involvement in political processes.
“As we approach the 2023 election with greater hope, I am confident that Nigeria will continue to grow from strength to strength on the pedestal of our democratic tenets,” she said.
She enjoined the presidential hopefuls to remain focused on issues that strengthened the nation`s unity, brotherhood and national cohesion. She, however, reminded her guests that, the 2015 election was a watershed in the history of Nigeria.
“It was neither contested in the court of law, nor in the court of public opinion. “Therefore, the greatest end-of-tenure gift that fellow Nigerians can give to the first family is another free and globally-acknowledged fair election come 2023’,” she appealed.
She urged all candidates to practice tolerance, fair play, and avoid violent tendencies by erecting bridges where necessary, particularly during election campaigns.