Monday, 9 March 2015

Anambra Women’s Group Mobilises Support for Buhari, APC

Muhammadu Buhari
Igbo women under the umbrella body of Amoji Women Association (AWA), Umoji, Anambra State, have embarked on massive mobilisation in support of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), in order to boost his chances at the poll.

The group based their determination on the policy framework of Buhari and his party, which they said dwelt on transforming Nigeria from its present woes, in the area of constant electricity supply, massive employment opportunities, good governance, investment opportunities among others.

According to the spokesperson of the group, Mrs. Bernadine Ifeoma Eloka, who told journalists in Lagos that her people are mobilising more support for APC, there is the belief that APC is the right party with the right candidates to give Nigeria and Nigerians the needed change for a better nation.

“APC is a party for change. We are tired of empty promises, which our politicians have always failed to fulfill. This is the opportunity we have to tell other women what we have discovered about Buhari. We need a man who is angry about the state of the nation like the masses, in order to bring positive the change needed. Our people are angry for lack of basic amenities and poverty in the land.

“Look at our economy, instead of improving, it is deteriorating. Last year, my husband and I visited the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), we looked at the old structures that were built in the 1960s and we ask a question that if the country can build that the type of structures in the 60s, what is happening to Nigeria today? Getting that structure in Nigeria today is like impossibility,” she said.

The women leader put aside the sentiment by some of her kinsmen on Buhari’s candidature, stressing that it does not matter where a candidate hails from, especially if the person possesses good leadership qualities and he isa good Samaritan, who can salvage the country out of its predicament by providing positive change.

She said: “We have so many nonsense situations going on. Look at the state of our roads, look at the challenges of investing in the country, foreigners don’t have confidence in investing here anymore because they are not sure of the future in terms of government policies and security.

“What we are looking for is a government that would build confidence in foreign investors. If we can have constant power supply and security, we’ll attract lot investments from foreigners into this country. You’ll find out that if we achieve this, the issue of unemployment will be addressed. We need that leader that is angry because enough is enough, let us move forward.”

Eloka advised fellow Nigerian women to stop thinking as slaves, but to form a formidable force with one voice to address issues affecting women in Nigeria, particularly in the area of women’s right. She called on them to support change that will equally affect women and to recognise that women have a key role to play in Nigeria.

“Our support for Buhari is hinged on the fact that Buhari, as a former head of state, doesn’t have too much assets in Nigeria and also across the world like others. I believe that with him, the level of corruption in Nigeria will be reduced to the barest minimum because he would block all the leakages in all the sectors,” AWA leader said.


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