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First Lady Oluremi Tinubu urges enrollment of more women on Nigerian Army

Hajia Nana Shettima, Wife of Vice-President (middle), Representing First Lady (Sen.) Oluremi Tinubu at the Gender Mainstreaming Conference, in Abuja, FCT Photo: State House

*First Lady Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, urges the Nigerian Army to review its recruitment laws to encourage more women to join the military service 

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, CON, First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has charged the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to encourage more women to join the military.

Senator Tinubu gave the charge in her address at the Defence Headquarters  one-day Gender Mainstreaming Conference with the theme, “Building Capacity Through Gender Mainstreaming to Meet Security Challenges” held in Abuja, FCT.

Represented at the event by Hajia Nana Shettima, wife of the Vice-President, the First Lady commended the leadership of Nigerian Armed Forces for organising the programme.

Busola Kukoyi, Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media, in a statement Thursday, November 9, 2023, noted that she acknowledged the event was timely.

Senator Tinubu stated: “The theme is apt because it is about shaping a safer, better and more equitable world for all.

“I commend the leadership of the Armed Forces of Nigeria for accepting the gender mainstreaming concept in line with the Global Best Practice and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.”

The First Lady said that security challenges in the West African country had become increasingly complex.

“Addressing these challenges effectively requests innovative and comprehensive approaches, and gender mainstreaming stands as a powerful tool in our arsenal.

“Gender mainstreaming is now much more than a charity and a policy agenda, this is a fundamental issue about the way we perceive and address security challenges,” Senator Tinubu also stated.

She as well noted

aid it is recognised that security encompasses not only military strength, but also the protection of human rights, economic stability, social and environmental sustainability.

Senator Tinubu said it required a collective effort to address security issues and advance gender mainstreaming.

The First Lady further explained: “We can start by ensuring that gender perspectives are integrated into security policies and strategies, encouraging more women to join and progress within the forces.

“We must promote women’s participation and leadership in security institutions, peace negotiations, conflict resolution efforts and bringing a more reconciliatory perspective into negotiations.”

Education and training programmes, she stated, should include gender sensitivity and awareness amongst security personnel.

According to her, women should not be discriminated against for getting married or bearing children while in the military.

Senator Tinubu, therefore, advised that more cooperation is required towards elimination of gender based violence within security forces.

She also said: “Through the Renewed Hope Initiative project, we have strengthened women empowerment by letting women have access to training and education. “Additionally, we have equipped the women with laptops and grants to support their educational and professional pursuits.”

The Nigerian First Lady noted: “This is because we believe that when you empower a woman, you empower a community and inevitably a nation.

“We therefore hope that the leadership within the Armed Forces will extend this dialogue beyond the confinement of this conference and empower women and ranks and their ranks.”

Gen. Christopher Musa,  Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Alhaji Mohammed Baduru, Honourable Minister for Defence, applauded the First Lady and agreed to look into her recommendations on enhancing the recruitment of more women into the country’s Armed Forces.

The Maiden Edition of the Nigerian Defence Gender magazine, which featured Senator Oluremi Tinubu CON, as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the cover, was launched at the event, stated Kukoyi.

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