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Nigerian First Lady urges women to become unifying forces at homes, in communities

A Cross-Section of Guests with Nigerian First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu at the Event Commemorating the First Anniversary of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Administration, in Abuja, FCT          Photo: State House

*First Lady Oluremi Tinubu asserts women are the foundation of the home and society, stressing the need for parents to continue nurturing children and instilling good morals while preserving cultural and traditional values, and maintaining their identity

*Nigerian female President possible if women unite, says Victoria Gowon

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First Lady (Senator) Oluremi Tinubu, has warned that Nigerian children are at risk of losing their identity, if necessary steps are not taken to make amends.

Senator Tinubu issued the warning when speaking at an event held Saturday, May 25, 2024, in Abuja, FCT, with the theme, “Celebrating the Mothers”, organised as part of activities to mark President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s first year in office.

Busola Kukoyi, Senior Special Assistant to the First Lady on Media Saturday stated the event was specially put together to recognise the women have made significant contributions in their various spheres of life, communities, and in the country at large.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu also emphasised the importance of women as the foundation of the home and society.

The statement noted she stressed the need to continue nurturing children and instilling good morals while preserving cultural and traditional values.

She said: “Gathered here today are women from across all sectors of our society, who have individually and collectively contributed to the development of our great nation.

“Every woman, irrespective of age is a mother, nurturer, builder, and the foundation upon which our families, communities and institutions thrive.”

Oluremi Tinubu further expressed concern that without intervention, the current state of society could lead to children’s losing their identity.

The First Lady urged women to become unifying forces in their homes and communities to drive greater prosperity for the nation.

She also encouraged the womenfolk to draw inspiration from the legacies of pioneering women who have paved the way.

“When mothers stand with you, the house is in order. Looking ahead, we must endeavour to become the unifying force in our homes and our communities, to bring about greater prosperity for our nation.

“Let us continue to draw from the lessons of the pioneers who have paved the way and build on the legacies they have left behind,” she stated.

Senator Tinubu charged everyone to contribute their quota and continue praying for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Nigeria until country reaches the Promised Land, which she referred to as “Eldorado.”

The First Lady equally asserted: “To all our mothers here today, and to those who have supported, and keep touching our lives in countless ways, I say thank you.

“Thank you for your love, strength, and unending sacrifices.”

Hajia Nana Shettima, wife of the Vice-President, described Senator Oluremi Tinubu as an embodiment of experience, having served as First Lady of Lagos State for eight years, Senator of the Federal Republic for eight years, and now the First Lady of the country.

Hajia Shettima described her as an embodiment of humility, zeal, passion, commitment and sincerity of purpose.

“I thank my Almighty Allah for blessing m with you, I always see you as a role model. I want to assure you Insha Allah, together forever Ma,” she stated.

The wife of the Vice President as well charged the First Ladies of the various states to tap from Senator Oluremi Tinubu’s wealth of experience.

In her remarks on the occasion, Mrs. Victoria Gowon, wife of former Head of State, stressed that until women unite, Nigeria will go nowhere.

Mrs. Gowon said if women could unite and begin to mentor others, Nigeria someday day would produce a female president.

She said: “I like to say something, the First Lady of Federal Republic of Nigeria has shown us the way to take people as friends, as partners to move the women of Nigeria forward.

“To be seen as mothers, as helpers. Until we as women unite, we are not going anywhere. We have to unite.

“We have to remove our differences; it doesn’t matter where you come from or it doesn’t matter who you love, you are a woman, you are a mother.”

Mrs. Gowon further noted: “At this juncture, I call on women of Nigeria to support Mrs. Tinubu in the office she is today.

“She has shown that she can help women of Nigeria, she can support the children of Nigeria.

“And together we will be strong. Together, one day, we will find among us, one of us that can be the leader of this country.”

Former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, expressed gratitude to Senator Oluremi Tinubu for acknowledging former first ladies whom she always remembers and values as integral parts of the nation.

Mrs. Jonathan emphasised the importance of unity and support, highlighting the significant role of Nigerian women in the country’s progress.

She stated: “Nigerian women, we have a mother who loves, cares for her children and in turn stand by her side.

“Onyeka (the Lady of Songs) has said it all, one love keeps us together.  Where there is love, peace will keep us together and shine on us together.”

Chief Mrs. Nike Akande, in her remarks, described the event as a good initiative, celebrating mothers of the nation.

She observed the life of the Nigerian First Lady has been that of service and honour.

Chief Akande said: “Development doesn’t happen overnight. As somebody who has been in leadership positions in government as a Minister, in business and endowed with international exposure, the bold steps that Mr President has taken in the last one year, are expedient, timely and inevitable.

“Of course, nothing good comes without some pains and the President is always appreciative of that.

“As one of the mothers of the nation, I plead for more understanding, cooperation, and support of Mr President at the challenging and difficult time.”

The event had in attendance women from all sectors and strata of the country, noted the statement.

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