Presidential candidate of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress, Mohammadu Buhari, meets with US Secretary of State at the US Consulate in Lagos January 25, 2015. US Secretary of State John Kerry said today that peaceful and timely el ~ AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE
Abuja - The All Progressives Congress
(APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari , has promised to initiate
policies and programmes that will impact positively on the lives of youths and
The promise is contained in a statement, issued by Malam
Garba Shehu, Directorate of Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign
Organisation, in Abuja on Thursday.
"Drawing extensively from the information contained in the
APC’s manifesto, a Federal Government under the leadership of Buhari promises
to offer women and youths in Nigeria a new deal.
"We are firmly committed to the value that women are the
backbone of the Nigerian society, especially in our rural communities.
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"Therefore, issues that matter to the average Nigerian
woman cut across the spectrum of policy areas, such as agriculture, health and
education, where their concern for their children are paramount.
"Our policy position for women takes into cognisance the
fact that in spite of several rights outlined in the 1999 Constitution, many
women do not enjoy the same freedom as men,’’ it said.
The statement named the areas of limitation for women as
education, economic empowerment and political participation.
Buhari said no society would make progress where half of the
population suffered systemic gender discrimination.
He promised to appoint a minister for Women and Gender in
the Office of the President and ensure legal protection for the rights of the
girl-child in all areas of life.
The candidate pledged to end all forms of gender
discrimination in both public and private sectors and protect equal property
and inheritance rights.
"Other policy initiatives that a Buhari administration will
enthrone include improving and strengthening support for women and youths’
participation in all sectors of the economy.
"This will be done through training and skill acquisition;
developing innovative ways of encouraging women and youths participation among
others,’’ the statement said.